Friday, March 02, 2007
Welcome to the party!

I am so excited that you have come over for a minute. I can't wait to get to know you! I am going to open my heart to you today, introduce you to my family, and let you in on a few unknown secrets about myself.

1. I am a compulsive over volunteerer. At this moment I am planing our little league carnival for opening day. The carnival is tomorrow! Why am I on my computer? I have prizes and candy to sort, vendors to confirm with, and a parade to plan. Oh well, all that will just have to wait. I have new bloggety friends to meet.

2. On the few Saturday mornings we have nothing to do I love love love to sleep in. This happens maybe half a dozen times a year. My wonderful hubby will tell the children not to disturb me until I am awake. Knowing this, I will take a book which I have been dieing to read (usually have several on my bed side table) and start reading, under the covers, and when a child peeks in to see if I am awake I just close my eyes as if I am not. I can usually get two or three good hours of reading out of this. I am sure this puts me into some horrible mother category, but I really don't care, it is blissfully wonderful the few times it happens every year.

3. I have five ornery...uh, oops, I mean wonderful children. My oldest is 15 and I am not allowed to talk about him on my blog. Can you imagine that he actually thinks he deserves some sort of privacy regarding his life??? It is really to bad because between him and his friends I have pages and pages of hysterical anecdotal information I could use on this blog. My 13 yr. old just wants to make sure I don't embarrass him( I don't know why he thinks I would do such a thing?) our 10 and 8 year old feel like superstars when they are mentioned, and my three year old is well, three, so she doesn't really care about anything but blowing bubbles in the back yard.

4. Our family loves baseball. We play baseball, watch baseball, coach baseball, and anything else baseball related is going on at our house. My husband would love to quit his day job and just coach and play baseball all day long. He probably should have considered this before we had all of those kids, but then who would he have to coach, watch and play with? Hmm. Our oldest just started playing high school ball which has launched us into another phase. I have decided that this could be great for my figure. Every time he pitches in a game I get so nervous I think I may actually throw up. He seems to love the pressure and actually thrives on it. I CAN NOT TAKE IT! I worry about him because some of the other parent's can be a little nasty when things aren't going as well as they think they should. I am sure any of you with kids in youth sports know what I am talking about. Oh well, maybe I can take an extra 10 pounds off during the season if the nervous stomach persists.

As you have just read I broke rule #3 above (do not talk about 15 yr. old on blog) so to appease him I am posting his favorite teams logo here: Sorry honey, I just couldn't help it.

5. I have never had any kind of a drink at Starbucks. I don't know why I just haven't. In honor of being, most likely, the only one in the blogosphere who has not I have donated a $20.00 gift certificate to this fine coffee establishment for the Bloggety Blog Party. Go on over and register to win.

6. Finally, here is my idea of the perfect man (next to my wonderful hubby of course).

Don't you agree? Please leave a comment and tell me something about yourself. Does anyone else out there not go to Starbucks??? I look forward to visiting your blogs on Sunday (after Church and the big Carnival) and can't wait to meet some new bloggy friends.


  posted at 5:08 AM  

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

I have had hot chocolate from Starbucks, that's it. I hate coffee! Loved reading your post. Great blog, enjoy the party.

At 10:43 PM, Anonymous kailani said...

Sorry, Starbucks addict here. Your prize is on the very top of my list! LOL!

You have such a beautiful family! I can totally understand the 15 year old's point of view. He's at "that" age! Oh wait, is commenting about him against the rules, too? LOL!

Here via the Ultimate Blog Party!

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Jen said...

Hi Julie
I love reading too
I only very rarely go to Starbucks

At 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the blog! I've only ever had the peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks - I hate coffee!

Sarah in Canada
Ultimate Blog Party

At 3:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tend to over volunteer too. So nice to meet you, please stop by sometime.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger UKZoe said...

What is it with those 15 year olds huh? Mine won't let me post his baby photos on my blog. Can't understand it! heehee

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Love your snowman! I have a 13 year old, he has not cut me off about talking about him, but I am sure it is coming ;)

Someone who has not had a Starbucks, did not know they were still around, heheeh =)

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Rona's Home Page said...

We have a 15 year old son too. I just love being a mom of a still growing teen.

I really enjoyed my visit to your blog.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

here via the blog party. nice to 'meet' you! I have had Starbucks only once in my life. My Little Princess doesn't really care about my blog so I get to embarress her yet.

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Leslie said...

I had never had starbucks until a couple of years ago, and even then I have only had it once. I don't drink coffee, but love hot cocoa!

Stopping by via the blog party!

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Karla said...

Oh! I want to win that Starbucks GC! Thanks for donating it!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Kari said...

I love your idea of sleeping in! I might just have to try that!

I have been to Starbucks but why go there when I have awesome coffee and awesome creamer at my house!

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never had anything from Starbucks either! My husband played baseball all the way through college. My son, who is five, starts his first practice next week! Also, Fenway is one of my husbands favorite parks to visit!

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Lissete said...

Visiting for the party! Although, I have been to Starbucks, I am not a regular. Especially since they did away with the gazillion calorie Choc. Brownie Frapp! Nice to meet you!

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Amydeanne said...

baseball is far off here, as we're under a foot or so of snow!
I always love coming and seeing your blog with all the pics of your kids!

Don't forget to stop by and grab some party favors @ the 160acrewoods!

~following the Ultimate Party Trail

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Stacey said...

love starbucks and my son has an antique baseball room to honor my son's addiction. he prayed for a tall, left-handed son and so far we have the son and the left-handed thing going. he is only 2 1/2 so the tall thing is in limbo!
Off to party hop! Enjoy your week!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Tiff said...

My oldest begs me to put stuff on my blog about her! I'm sure that will change as she gets older! Startbucks. .hmm only been three or four times. I normally go to Barnes & Nobles

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Party on!

The only thing I ever get at Starbucks is hot chocolate... especially the peppermint hot chocolate. Mmmmmm!

I guess 15yo boys and 15yo girls aren't all that different. My daughter was ready to put on her boxing gloves after I posted her picture in her winter formal gown. Sorry... I birthed you, I pay your bills, I can write about you all I want! :)

Hope you can find time to stop by my party!

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Woohoo! I can finally comment (had to restart my computer) Great party post. I hope you meet a lot of fun new friends. And I like your snowmen!
I love coffee, but Starbucks makes me jittery! Of course, I think they carry decaf! That was so nice of you to offer a prize. By the time I even thought of it, the prizes were closed!
Peace to you!

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Big Mama said...

I am totally going to steal #2 on your list and start sneaking some reading time whenever I get the chance to have a lazy Saturday morning.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

It's very nice to meet you. I love your reading in bed idea. My 8 year old daughter has started doing that on Saturdays and Sundays as well (although she doesn't hide--she can stay in bed as long she likes!).

Oooh--I'm hoping to get that Starbucks gift certificate, too. Funny why you donated it!

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Judy said...

Hi, there. I'm another Starbucks addict. Kailani,Karla, Jennifer and I might have to fight over your prize :-)

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Lisa Boyd said...

Hey Julie,

Thanks so much for all that you shared :) It was great reading about you. My husband and I both love slow-pitch softball although we only have one daughter in which to coach.

I'm totally with you on the Starbucks thing. I've never been there. I probably wouldn't go there unless I knew they have a Coke with my name on it :)

Have a most blessed week!
Lisa B.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Jen said...

I've never gone to Starbucks either. I'm afraid that I will use the wrong lingo when ordering something and everyone will laugh at me. I probably worry too much. Have a great party!

At 1:59 PM, Blogger TaunaLen said...

Yep, gotta love the Starbucks. Thanks for donating the gift card, even if I don't win it (fingers crossed)! Your family sounds like lots of fun! I have a blended five teenager family, ages 19 to 14, and four of them live with us full time. I love the circus of a family that big. I also love your "I'm not reading, I'm sleeping in" technique. I might have to give it a try. I enjoyed meeting you, and hope you'll stop by my corner of the party for a cup of virtual coffee, if you get the chance!


At 3:27 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

I've never had anything from Starbucks! I am not a coffee drinker so there is really no appeal to me. Although I have heard that they serve a mean hot cocoa and spiced cider :)

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Teena said...

Hi! I'm here for the Ultimate Blog Party!

Party on!!

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Looney Mom said...

Making the party rounds. I put the starbucks gc on my list! MMMmmmm... Have a great party week!

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope - not a Starbucks gal here - but I DO love our little local shoppe called Daily Grind! =)

It is nice to meet you - hope you can stop by sometime...I'll make you some tea if you don't want coffee! =)

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

Really like your blog!

You know, even though I LOVE coffee, I really don't go to Starbucks that much. Believe it or not, some of the gas station convenience stores have fantastic cappucinos, at a fraction of the price! :)

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Trista said...

Enjoy the party!

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Krista said...

Tell your son--he picked a great choice for a favorite team--of course I am just a Gabe Kapler fan--I like b-ball but dont follow it except I did when Gabe played on the TX Rangers--my husband says he is a Red Sox man now! And if you are a bad mom then guess what so am I--I have my husband get up with my girls on saturdays and I try to sleep past 9!

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Steve, Dana and Maria said...

We don't have Starbucks yet here in Romania so I go for long stretches without one!

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Hi! Love your blog name! And I have the same baby picture/Scripture link on my blog. :)

I tried to give up Starbucks for Lent, and failed. I switched from grande soy mochas to tall soy lattes instead. I think God understands. ;)

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

I LOVE to sleep in Saturday mornings! And I USED to be a huge volunteerer - NOT anymore. Good grief - I can't make it through what I have on my plate as it is! BUT that is GREAT that you help out so much! SO important!!

At 11:57 PM, Anonymous Martha said...

I love your blog, your prize is numero uno on my list ;O). oooooo yes baseball we just started over here my son is on a travel ball team and a pony league team, have a pic of him at bat on my blog. my cup of "starbucks" when I do go (lately not much) nonfat chai tea latte!!!

p.s. I seriously get sick to my stomach when either of my sons play I have one in baseball and basketball....hmmm hadn't looked at it as a plus to losing some poundage..hehehe

At 6:18 AM, Blogger Lisa Knight said...

Just surfin the party! Wow! Never been to a Starbucks...I wish I could say that. I have to talk myself down everytime we pass one... :D

I am partying over at Sew What's Up, just so ya don't have to browse through my profile!

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Nancy the Romancechick said...

I have had coffee at Starbucks, but I find it too bitter. I do love their hot chocolate, though. I LOVE the coffee at McDonald's however. Oh, how geeky and uncool is that!

Oh, I stopped by from the party, too!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Tracy said...

Nice to meet you! I have never been to Starbucks either! :)

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

I have a feeling that my second who is a boy will not let me talk about him on my blog when he gets older too! I loved reading about your family...we are having our 4th so I'm sure I could get some tips from you!

I'm here via the Ultimate Blog Party!

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Qtpies7 said...

I don't do Starbucks either! Not hoping to win that gift, sorry, lol. I have had a drink there, but not coffee! They have a hot apple cider drink that is like drinking a liquid green apple covered in caramel!
something about me: I'm addicted to cloth diapering! I watch the mail for "fluffy mail" and get so excited! My kids call me seriously sick addicted. I do blog about them, but they dont' seem to mind.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger jdoriot said...

Neat blog! I'm stopping by to visit your party! I think it's hilarious that you sleep-in and read and then pretend you're asleep..great idea!! lol!!

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I haven't had anything from Starbucks except hot chocolate. I don't like coffee. My boys sometimes wonder what I am writing about they have to "approve". One time last year they even had me "tally up" to make sure they all had the same number of mentions throughout my blog. I'll be praying for all of you tomorrow. Hope you'll stop by my blog party, too.


:-) Susan

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Southern Girl said...

Julie, it's so nice to meet you -- I feel like I know you from that wonderful introduction! Sounds like you have some great kids.

I've only been to Starbucks about three times, but my little brother more than makes up for you never going!

I'm afraid we can't talk about baseball -- I'd rather watch paint dry than go to a game or watch on TV. Football and basketball are my games. Of course, all that might change if my brand new two week old nephew winds up on a baseball team. ;)

Have a great party!

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

I wish I could say that I haven't been to Starbucks, but I who doesn't really drink plain coffee has been there, many times. So much so that my 5-year-old and my 7-year-old each have their own favorite drinks (5-caramel apple cider and 7-vanilla milk). Oh yeah, I'm an addict!

Enjoy the party!

At 3:36 PM, Blogger stephanie said...

I have to admit that I do go to Starbucks but it's usually just to pick up something for my hubby ... I have a hard time justify-ing that expensive coffee for me unless it's a special occasion. :) Enjoy the party!

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At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Barbara H. said...

What a lovely blog! I've only been in the Starbucks connected to our Barnes and Noble, but I have never bought coffee there (I love their cookies!) I have to drink decaf for health reasons and don't like flavored coffees, so i don't need to spend big bucks there for plain decaf. :)

At 8:06 PM, Blogger DK said...

Good to meet you! Love your blog and your family is gorgeous! I hope you have a fabulous week of partying; drop by if you're in the neighborhood.
A Flyover Blog

At 1:47 AM, Anonymous jessica said...

Hi! I think I have actually lurked on your site a time or two. Nice to "meet" you! Cute site! We're having a party, too, so come on over anytime!

At 4:04 AM, Blogger twiga92 said...

Well, hello and nice to meet you! Your prize is my #1 choice on the list! LOL! I am very addicted to coffee, particularly Starbucks. Ah, well!

At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, I had fun visiting! Thanks for stopping by mine!


At 5:44 AM, Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your blog name and your blog layout. (grins)

My family is not into baseball as much as yours is, but we are Cleveland Indians fans. (sobs) I do have friends who are Cardinals fans, so I was happy for them last year.

Enjoy the party!

At 5:49 AM, Blogger Melissa R. Garrett said...

Hi Julie - Thanks so much for stopping by! Coffee shops are a guilty pleasure of mine, and I treat myself to a Hazelnut Latte whenever I find myself out and about sans family (which isn't often).

PS - I don't think you are a horrible mom for hiding under the covers with a book. I think you are a very realistic one!!

At 5:54 AM, Blogger kardel said...

Thanks for stopping by "my place". Nice to meet you. You have a beautiful family.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Shelli said...

Stopping over from the party to say HI! Nice to meet you!

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Doris said...

Not been to Starbucks? Why, that's sacrilege. LOL
I enjoyed the party. Thank you for having me.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Sunydazy said...

Starbucks is way too expensive! I like my home brewed chocolate suisse mocha stuff(tastes more like hot chocolate). Happy Blog Party to you!

At 11:18 AM, Blogger LoveMyStarr said...

I don't like coffee either. But, my hubby has got myself (and my 17 month old daughter:) addicted to the Vanilla Chai Tea Latte they offer at our local video/bookstore! I'm about to post some pictures of our indulgence right now.

Scamp may eventually become embarrassed of my blog, epecially since it's named after her. I know she's going to LOVE the nickname!!

At 12:19 PM, Blogger it's me, Val said...

What a great blog! Thank you for stopping by mine. You have a beautiful family . . . :)

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Carrie K. said...

Thanks for stopping by my party! Nice to meet you. And I hate Starbucks. I like coffee, but their coffee is too bitter, in my opinion.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Julie Arduini said...

I had to visit when I realized we have the same name (Ok I'm Juliann but I like Julie sooo much better)!

I love your blog!

I love Mocha but I could do without Starbucks. I actually like Krispy Kreme mocha more than their donuts but since I'm cheap, I go to the local gas station and get double chocolate mocha for $1!

Keep up the great work!

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous amanda said...

thanks for visiting my party! i don't do coffee..just s'bux hot chocolate! yum yum. your kids are cute. looks like you did good w/the carnival. fun!

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Elena said...

Greetings to the baseball mom from the soccer mom! Party on!

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

I love Starbucks almost as much as I love Chocolate. Your prize is on my list.
My 13 year old daughter is starting to get embarrased if I post about her, but hurt if I don't!LOL!It's nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading your blog.
Enjoy the party.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Nadine said...

Hi nice to meet you. I'm sorry I love Starbucks ... my son doesn't like when I talk about him on my blog but he's given up and I only do it from time to time.

You have a beautiful family.

At 4:11 AM, Blogger windy said...

Hello! Nice to meet you. Thanks for inviting us into your place. I don't have a starbucks near me, I live in the middle of nowhere.

At 4:18 AM, Blogger Kate said...

Hello! Awesome to "meet" you...thanks for stopping by! Loved reading about you and your sweet family...sounds like there is never a dull moment in your house. :-) Reading in bed on a Saturday sounds like "heaven"...I'll have to request a morning of that when my hubby isn't working! ;) As for your lack of experience with Starbucks I can only say, Oh honey, how much you missed! :) Blessings!! :)

At 5:01 AM, Blogger MJS4Him said...

It is great to meet you. I also have a 15 year old. I am not allowed to mention him by name. He would rather me not blog about about him at all. Oh well :)

At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I hate coffee, so you'll get no competition from me. ;-)

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Nise' said...

I only go to Starbucks with friends who are addicts as I do not drink coffee. I order the hot chocolate or carmel apple cider! I have one of those 15 yr olds too! Shhh..
My daughter (22) lives and breathes girls softball for and loves, loves baseball!

At 11:45 AM, Blogger GiBee said...

Hi there ... nice to meet you! I must say, I'm an over-volunteerer too! Thanks for visiting my blog the other day... have a blessed week!

At 7:15 AM, Blogger preeety said...

stopping by, checking your party, on my way to the door to take someone to school. be back in a while!

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Anna said...

I love coffee. But I don't recall ever having any from Starbucks. I like to drink coffee in the privacy of my own home. (early in the morning)
We adore baseball too. But alas, I must say that we would NOT get along with your son. We go for the Yankees! So sorry. ;)
Its very nice to meet you.

At 3:54 AM, Blogger Susanna said...

Hee hee. I love your well rounded man! I don't think I have ever been to Starbucks......well may eb once or twice but it is very rare.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger crissybug said...

Your family sounds like so much fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am finally back from my cruise, and trying to drop in as much parties as possible! I look forward to getting to read more about you and your family!

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Brandie said...

Your blog seems like so much fun! I know I will be back in the future to stop by!
And FTR: I have only ever had one drink from starbucks, a hot chocolate. I am not a coffee person and usually the store smells to strong for me to even walk into! LOL!

At 2:16 PM, Blogger AnnaLiza said...

just minlging around meeting some great women like yourself!!!

cyah! stop by sometime!

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Romie said...

I am a very late arrival and will probably have to continue catching up after the party is officially over. Nice to meet you and tell her eldest that there is no way that you won't be talking about him :)

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Tammy :):):) said...

Had a warm vanilla milk at Starbucks in Chicago when my husband took me for our one and only vacation as a couple. Korger coffee for me... sometimes some flavored creamer. But I like herbal tea for flavor.
I too am a "bad" mommy... reading whenever I can! I just finished re-reading the last two in the Harry Potter series... waiting for the final and the movie.
Just a little longer to party... I'll be back later!

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Becky said...

Hi Julie! If I ever get the chance to-I'm so stealing your reading idea! I'm never the one who gets to sleep in, but I'm just itching to now! I love to read. I do like me some Starbucks...I can't believe you haven't even been once! :) I enjoyed get to know about you and your family. Hopefully I'll be back around! Blessings!

At 4:49 PM, Blogger Jen and Carter's life in the busy world said...

I enjoyed your blog, nice to meet you. I look forward to visiting again.


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