New Year's Masquerade Bash!!

Merry Christmas to My Beautiful Women

Merry Christmas and here's to rocking the world next year on into forever, together.



7PM Heather's House.


1st Year Anniversary!!

Okay ladies...THIS IS SERIOUS!! I know we are all busy, but we cannot have come this far to simply drop the ball. As of right now, Friday, December 19, we are going ice skating (and hopefully out on the town for some fun as I know how long we last doing anything overly physical). I don't want your excuses, because we all have them, just your participation.

Details for the where to meet and when will come later, just swear your loyalty and first born (second or third depending on who you are, we are not picky), and get your ass ready for the fun you know you will have!

I LOVE YOU ALWAYS (and you know I mean it 'cause it is all in caps!)



This was emailed to me so I just had to share.

Published on Mommy Track'd (http://www.mommytrackd.com)
It's A Post-Balance World.
We got a Wii Fit board like, eight months ago, and after gorging myself on turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie all weekend, I decided that I should probably take it out of the box and give it a try. I created a Mii (an avatar that’s supposed to represent me on screen while I work out) and then I selected a personal trainer. I chose the male, because he was kind of hot, in a digitized sort of way. Then the fit board determined my age, height, weight and BMI. At which point my personal trainer laughed in my face, and promptly morphed my tall, young, slender Mii into a middle aged mom Mii with a stomach pooch and jiggly thighs. At which point I stuck out my tongue. At a video game.

Anyway, the first thing my personal trainer – let’s call him Gengis – wanted me to do was a three-part fitness test. First on the agenda was step aerobics. Good. Fine. I like step aerobics. In the mid 90’s, I was the queen of step classes at the downtown Los Angeles YMCA. And I could tell, Gengis was impressed. I’m pretty sure I saw him raise his eyebrows after I managed a particularly difficult set of footwork. “Very Good,” he told me, as he labeled me an Advanced Intermediate and informed me that I had unlocked a new exercise. I smiled. I couldn’t help it. Next up was some weight training, though, and Gengis challenged me to a set of six, one-armed push ups. You’re on, I told him. I totally cheated and did them with my knees touching the floor, but whatever, what Gengis doesn’t know won’t hurt him. Begrudgingly, he labeled me an Intermediate, and I moved on with just the teeny tiniest pang of guilt. Then, finally, Gengis presented the last category of my fit test: balance.

Without warning, my Mii suddenly transformed into a little ball, and dropped onto a table with a hole in it. The table moved with my body – if I leaned left, the table tilted down to the left – and the goal was to tilt the table so that the ball would roll into the hole. Within three seconds, my ball had rolled off the side of the table. YOU FAILED, said Gengis. Let me try that again, I said. I just need to get the hang of it. I leaned to the left, leaned forward, leaned backward, leaned right, and again, my ball rolled off the table. YOU FAILED, Gengis informed me again. I detected a snicker as the word NOVICE flashed on the screen. No shit, I snapped. Have you seen the piles in my kitchen? Have you heard my kids whine for my attention? Have you noticed the unfinished manuscript sitting on top of my desk? I don’t spend all day sitting around inside of a virtual gym, working on my virtual six-pack and flirting with virtual hotties. I spend all day running around like a freaking maniac. I schlep kids to dentist appointments and to after school activities, and I help them with homework and I make dinner every night, and I fill out camp forms and in case you haven’t noticed, I just spent three days cooking for twenty-seven people, and all of last weekend hand-sewing a Native American baby carrier for my first grader’s Thanksgiving costume at school. And oh, yeah, I also, allegedly, work. So of course I’m a freaking novice at balance, Gengis! I’M A GOD DAMN WORKING MOTHER.

Well, excuuuuse me, Gengis said. All I asked was for you to roll a little ball into a little hole. There’s no need to be so touchy. Balance is just something you’ll have to work on, that’s all. It’s a goal. See? I’m writing it up here in your fitness assessment: WORK ON BALANCE.

But I shook my head. No, I told him. I don’t think so. I’m over trying to balance. It’s totally unrealistic. I mean, look at what just happened. I roll off the table every time. I’m telling you, it’s just not natural. I could try to integrate, or blend, or layer, possibly, but balancing….I don’t know. It feels very passé to me. It feels very early 2008. America has changed, you know. We’re post-racial now, and post-gender, and post-ironic, and yeah, I’m pretty sure we’re post-balance, too. It’s nothing personal. I blame Sarah Palin, actually. I mean, why not, the Republicans are blaming her for everything, anyway, so it’s just one more thing to throw on the pile. But my point is, balance is out. It’s a Not. The step aerobics is okay ‘cause it’s got that retro-cool vibe going for it, but if you don’t mind, Gengis, let’s just ix-nay the alance-bay from now on, ‘kay?

But Gengis just stared at me, his eyes unblinking. I have to go now, he said, calmly. Good work today. Next time, let’s see if you can do even better! I rolled my eyes and turned off the Wii. Sorry, Gengis, I thought to myself. But next time, I’m going to try the female trainer. I have a feeling she’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.


Forks, here we come!

I got the tickets!!!
See ya Friday!


Guess what girls????

Turns out I'm pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love you girls,



November Updates!

Please welcome our newest members, sistas Ashley and Autumn! We had a blast with you guys at the Halloween Party. I hope to see you at many more events!


Here's the scoopage for November:

You knew it had to be this, ladies. The time is near. Oh, yes.

Only 2 more weeks!!!!
Friday, November 21st.

If you haven't read it, you still have time! I heard it is now 5 bucks at Walmart.

Even without having read the book, the movie will still be fun!

Lena said that we can buy tickets starting on the Tuesday before the movie starts. I will be getting mine then, just to be safe. If you girls want to give me your money this weekend, I will get them and pick them up early.
No lines!!

How about dinner at American Pie at around 6:30? That should give us plenty of time to eat and hang out and get as wound up as possible to see some Edward! We will go to the 9pm-ish show.

Who's in?


Say what you need to say...

Oh, Kelly! What a sweet post. I love this idea, and I have always wanted to do that post where you speak anonymously about people when you list your thanks, so I am going for that. These are for my gals.

1. Thank you, for opening up to me when we both need it most. I hope it never stops.

2. Thank you, for being so patient with me, no matter what. I am lucky.

3. Thank you, for remembering our past, and for being one of the most genuine people I have ever met.

4. Thank you, for being the life of the party, and for showing me what true self esteem looks like.

5. Thank you, for understanding me, and for always making me feel better about my flaws. You are so true to yourself, and I am inspired by you.

5. Thank you, for showing me what a living goddess looks and lives like.

6. Thank you, for being my soul mate.

7. Thank you, for the smile you always have, and for sharing your amazing spirit with the world. You'll find all you want and more.

8. Thank you,for showing us all what it means to be filled with cheer. I don't think I have ever seen you act gloomy, and I notice.

9. Thank you, for coming into my life so seamlessly, and without any hesitation, taking a spot in my heart.

10. Thank you, for keeping my sane through one of the hardest and most fun times in my life.

11. Thank you, for being so open and unafraid to jump right in to the most amazing group of women anywhere.

Of course there are more that aren't on here, and no, don't be guessing. Takes the fun out of it. I would love to see more of these.
Love you, you crazy broads!


The Thank You Thread

So I was sitting around with one of the Ab Phabulous ladies going over just HOW Fabulous we really were. I was inspired by her to write this, by being inspired by you ladies. I know I have said it before, but I think everyone needs to hear it sometimes. Each one of you have touched my life in a way that goes beyond anything I could say, write or do, but thank you. This is a thank you thread. I will post ten thank yous, then hopefully, someone else will post ten more thank yous and so on and so forth. Here it goes:

1. Thank You, for proving men wrong when they say "Girls cannot be friends".
2. Thank You, for making me feel rooted for the first time in my life.
3. Thank You, for cropping out the "fat" parts of my body in pictures before posting them.
4. Thank You, for showing me what it is like to depend on someone.
5. Thank You, for understanding girl code.
6. Thank You, for helping me sort out man code.
7. Thank You, for helping my drunk self to the couch even when you may be more drunk.
8. Thank You, for a place to stay when my place sucked.
9. Thank You, for making me stay around longer than planned, "just to chat".
10. Thank You, for keeping my secrets and tiptoeing around the subject in order to keep it.

Now it's your turn.



What are you guys thinking for AbPhab this month? As busy as things are, I vote we take an AbPhab photo at my parent's vow renewal and call it a month!
For November, would anyone want to go back to Bonnie's? Thinking about Christmas presents here...or should we do something different? Let's discuss....
P.S. I Love You!


Ahh, If It Had Only Been THIS Easy!

So I was bored looking around the internet and ran across this:
They created a vending machine that despenses men in women's popular flavors like, action, romantic and rich. Wait til you see Mr.Perfect! This video is really funny.

If your husband, fiance or boyfriend were in a vending machine, what "Man Flavor" did you get?


Our Pottery Is Finished

Well, here it is ladies. Bonnie emailed me the pictures. I haven't spoken with her on pick-up, but if anyone would like to go pick them up I am sure it would be fine. Anyway, looks like we did a good job. We are some artsy women!


Important Health Advice for Women

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?

Do you suffer from shyness?

Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Chardonnay.

Chardonnay is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. Chardonnay can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of Chardonnay almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live. Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living.

Chardonnay may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Chardonnay. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister!


* The consumption of Chardonnay may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

* The consumption of Chardonnay may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

* The consumption of Chardonnay may cause you to think you can sing.

* The consumption of Chardonnay may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

* The consumption of Chardonnay may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.


Let's hang out and make stuff!

Okay, you know we are getting ready to watch my mom and dad renew their wedding vows in only 3 more weeks! Tonight Mom, Marlena, and I started on our homeade lantern project. We have all the stuff to make them at Mom's house, and the two we made are so beautiful when they are lit up and hanging in the trees. We want to have a TON of them!

We need help! We are going to be over there on Wednesday night, getting crafty and of course, drinking wine (to help with all that craftiness). Anyone want to join us? We will be there from 6 to whenever!

You Runway watchers (me included!)...come on, I know ya'll bitches have Tivo!
Hope to see ya!!



Good day my dearest ladies. As some of you know I have been in contact with Bonnie AKA "The Clay Lady" in order to set up my secret plan to take my future hubby flying for his birthday. Many of you may be wondering what happened to your pieces. Bonnie asked for me to apologize to everyone about the delay and let you know that they were firing yesterday. She said that she has been completely wrapped up and they should be done soon. That said, she sent me some pictures from that night. Hope ya'll enjoy.

Laurie demonstrates why it is so very important to get multiple shots of group pictures. Sorry, I had to. Love you Laurie and BTW, just a reminder, you are totally invited anywhere, anytime for any group function! (Don't roll your eyes, you know you love me.)


Bummed and Totally out of the Loop!

Hey guys....I feel really bummed that I have missed the last 3 ABPhab adventures but it is really hard for me to get away lately. Weekends are nearly impossible with my schedule and October is INSANE!

4 weddings (one out of town) to shoot
1 Rehearsal dinner to shoot
wedding consultations already booked
NKOTB concert
New quarter starting on this Thursday......
I could keep going.

The point of my post:
Starting in November I would like to get out of the house once a month for dinner and cocktails...most likely on a Wednesday night. Maybe we could do the first Wednesday or the second Wednesday of every month.....whatever. Something simple so that I can get out of the house and interact with other adult women. :)

It can be just a side thing to the normal ABPhab for whoever wants to come....I regardless.....will be there sipping my martini.

Love ya ladies and I hate that I have missed so much.


Sk80's Update!

Hey girlies.
Okay, so as of today, we have 10 RSVPs for the party on Sunday.
I thought we would have more, but I know it's going to be awesome no matter what!

The balance for the rental is 150.00 (I paid the $50 deposit, so I'm not going to be included in the balance). With 9 others attending, the total cash you need to bring is 17 bucks. That includes the rink rental, your skate rental, pizza, sodas, and the DJ.

If any more people can make it, please let me know so we can adjust the balance as needed.

Don't forget about the 80s dress-up contest! Marlena, Rachel and I raided the CWC and found some real gems. For less than 10 bucks, you can look, like, totally rad and bodacious. What would Debbie or Tiffany wear?? There will be a prize for the best dressed babe!

If anyone would like to invite more girls, go ahead and let them know!


Creep Crawl is this Sunday

Hey Ladies!
I just wanted to throw out a quick reminder about the 5K Memorial Walk/Run this Sunday. I've been talking to another Matt/Maddie fan and she's going to be walking at Piedmont Park. Do you guys want to go there, or stick to the Southside. I will most likely be bringing Aidan-face in the stroller. So non-runners don't worry, there will be a walking crew. YAY!!!


Real Women Vs. Martha Stewart

Real Women Vs. Martha Stewart

Martha's way #1
Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
The Real Women's Way:
Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake,you are probably lying on the couch, with your feet up, eating it anyway.
Martha's way #2:
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
The Real Women's Way:
Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year.
Martha's way #3:
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
The Real Women's Way:
Go to the bakery. They'll even decorate it for you.
Martha's way #4:
If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant 'fix me up.'
The Real Women's Way:
If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, that's too damn bad. Please recite with me, The Real Women's motto: I made it and you will eat it and I don't care how bad it tastes.
Martha's way #5:
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
The Real Women's Way:
Celery? Never heard of the stuff.
Martha's way #6:
Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
The Real Women's Way:
The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust so I just don't do it.
Martha's way #7:
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
The Real Women's Way:
Martha, dear, the only reason this works is because you can't rub a lime on your forehead without getting lime juice in your eye, and then the problem isn't the headache anymore, YOU'RE NOW BLIND!
Martha's way #8:
If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dish washing gloves. They give a non slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
The Real Women's Way:
Go ask the very cute neighbor to do it.
Martha's way #9:
Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
The Real Women's Way:
Leftover wine??????


1st Annual Creep Crawl

Ok Ladies,
Some time ago Mrs. Heatheroni linked to a blog about a guy who was blessed with an adorable baby girl on March 24th and lost his beloved wife the very next day. Once you get past the initial soul wretching pain of his situation you too will become addicted to his blog, for his writing and fantabulous pics. Some friends of his are starting the first annual 5K in memory of his late wife. They want to get groups from each time zone around the world to walk/run/crawl at 1:00 pm on Sept 21st, so that it's a walk around the world, and take pics to upload to flickr. Pretty cool, eh? So I'm wondering if any of you would be game to participate. Full details are here.

Here goes nothing....

Okay! I am generally pretty "anti-blog"! I usually don't even leave comments on blogs (although I read them all)...but, I've been nominated by Heather (probably for this very reason) to blog now! So, here goes...ten random facts about little ol' me:

1. I have worked harder at my education than anything else in my life. Now that I'm almost finished I am terrified that I will not be good at what I've worked my entire life to become. This is my biggest fear.

2. I dip EVERYTHING in ranch dressing!

3. I didn't speak to people until I was 18 years old. That person that I used to be is the shyest person that I've EVER met.

4. Spelling and grammatical errors drive me INSANE!

5. I married my best friend (cliche, I know)! We fight like cats and dogs; we can irritate each other beyond belief...but we are laughing by the end of every argument.

6. I am completely freaked out by those wind sock people that are always outside car dealerships!

7. I am unimaginably jealous of my sister. She has always been very fun-loving and outgoing and people gravitate to her (and for good reason...she's amazing)! I spent so much of my life trying to be like her that I forgot who I was...it took a long time for me to realize that people might like me on my own...without being like her!

8. I am obsessed with musicals and theatre in general!

9. I get butterflies in my stomach on the school supply aisle! They give me an unnatural high...I feel the same way about books!

10. I am such a nerd that I had to write a first draft of this list on paper, revise, edit, reorder, and THEN type it!

Alright! I made it to ten! Does anyone want to refer me to a therapist??? Next up...I want to hear from............

Rachel B.

Okay, you vampire addicts...

Now you can find your Edwards!


Too funny!
**I am in no way condoning or encouraging extramarital relations! I am pretty sure the site is all in fun, as is this post! ;)

For those of you not yet 'sucked' into the Twilight series, you really should go for it. It's got vampires, it's romantic, and it's addictive! We have some copies circulating, or they are around 10 bucks at Walmart. There are 4 books in the series. The first movie comes out November 21 (it took Harry Potter's place...sorry HP!) and it will be a blast to all go see it. Maybe I will even break out my old goth gear for the occasion....



Come out, come out wherever you aaaaare...

All right, ya slackas. I am hereby tagging someone to do the Random 10 Things post.
That person is.....


You have 3 days.


It's gonna be like, totally rad.

It's a Sk8tie's Party!

Griffin Skate Inn ......Sunday, September 28th ......5-7 pm.

Our party includes 3 pizzas and a few sodas, but we can bring more food and drinks. If anyone can bring a 2 liter or snacks, let us know.

It also includes a DJ, who will be playing exclusively 80's pop music...just like in the days where we actually went skating!

Skates (or rollerblades) are included for our group, also.

The price for the party is $200. With 16 people, that's only 12.50 per person, but I know we can get more! Let's recruit some newbies this month (please just make sure they are fabulous, of course.) We will all need to bring cash and pay when we arrive!

Let's talk clothing...

Yes, you have to dress up! Cutoffs, miniskirts, overalls, leg warmers, baggy tops, big earrings, BIG HAIR, lotsa makeup. You know the drill! Google images of 80's parties to get ideas. There will be a prize for best dressed!

Can you imagine the pictures???

I also propose, in an effort to make the most of all the 80's goodness, that those of us who would like to go out afterward make plans to do so. Somewhere local, but a few drinks after all that skating would be a blast.

As, always, please RSVP so we will have an idea of what to bring and our individual cost. I hope we can make this month the biggest gathering ever!

Be there....or be square!

Lets get to know each other!

My name is Melissa Jackson

Ok, so i have gotten to know many of you and i have not had to chance to even meet some of you, So i thought this could be a good way to get to know each other with out some silly "survey" with weird questions no one really cares about the answers to them. I will start by telling 10 random things about me and and you can do the same! Write your own random things about your self.

1- I am 23 years old and have been married for almost 5 years and i feel like that is a huge accomplishment at my age!

2- I am the worst speller ever!!

3- I have 3 little boys, Austin who is 3 years old and Aiden and Maddox who are twins will be 1 year old October 5th.

4- I moved out of my parents house when i was 16 years old and have not been back, it has been a long road but i have grown up fast, it is a good thing.

5- I work for a wrighter, typing books for him, it is am alsome job to read the stories from an 88 year old man who has lived so much life.

6- I am also a stay at home mom and help run my husbands Plumbing Company.

7- I became part of this group through the fablous Heather, She and i worked together at a Photography company 4 years ago, she was one of my brides maids in my wedding and i was in hers.

8- I have never heard of Tom Petty until Heather went to one of their concerts a few years ago and was so excited about the concert, i was so sheltered to music until i met her.

9- I LOVE Photography, but i have no time for it.

10- I really enjoy being a part of this group, you all really seam like a great group of people and it is so great to get away from life and have some care free girl time!!

Wow, this was harder than i though, but oh well that is alittle about me and i would love to get to know more about all of you.



Look out, blogland!

AbPhab is now a part of the blogging universe! I thought it would be a great way for all of us to stay connected, and really step up our game. We are rapidly approaching the one year mark for our little 'sorority', and I can't tell you how much our outings have helped me get through this crazy year! We are so lucky to have this group, and I love seeing it grow. I hope we can continue to have a blast once a month, and become even closer along the way.

I really, really hope you ladies will participate in the blog. It's for all of us. Post whatever you want. Ideas for outings. Jokes. Pictures. Funny stories you know will make someone smile. Movie reviews. Things your guy did to make you furious. Something awesome that happened at work. Surveys, shout outs, rants...we want it all! I'm emailing you all the login information on your myspace accounts. It will soon be a private blog, so only members of AbPhab will be reading. I can't add you until you send me your email, so please do that soon! The blog will be public for a couple of days until everyone is able to read this.

Having a group of women as awesome as this one does not happen every often. Let's make the most of it! Post away.

Startiiiiiiing.....now! Come on, who's going to go first??