Sunday, November 2, 2008

Count Down

Tomorrow is the big premier of RNE's Cinderella where my one and only Babygirl will be staring as a Dragonfly. I was able to sit through Act I and it was great and all of ADC (Aviator Dance Company) girls did a wonderful job. I took a few pics of the rehearsal. One is of Taylor learning to apply make up for the first time. Having her learn at 10yr old how to put on eyeliner is a little too much for her Mother to handle and her Father could not get it off of her face fast enough. When we got home she could not even sit down and eat her dinner before he made her clean it off. I have tried to explain to him that this is just for the performance and it still does not make him any happier to see it on her face. We went through this 2 years ago for Beauty and the Beast and we have not made any head way in having him accept that this will eventually happen to her for real. He just does not want "his" little girl to grow up. I also have a few pics of the dance with full costume and it is absolutely adorable, and I believe that I am speaking from and with an objective P.O.V. I can not wait to see the entire performance, this is a ballet and not a play so it will not be big on the words(don't tell Craig) but the music is incredible and the dancing is beautiful.

This weekend was very hectic and we did not get that much rest. Craig and I went to see the GAMECOCKS play this weekend and we had a really good time. It was made all the better because they won. Brandon and Seth went to Bishopville with Momma and Daddy and they had the opportunity to fly in an airplane. If you happen to read my entry about the fair then you may have guessed what Seth chose when presented with this opportunity. He did not go but Brandon did and enjoyed himself quite a bit. In fact he took that flight 2 times. I do not have any pics from that but hopefully Momma and Daddy have a few and I can get it from the later. Now for Halloween I was not able to get any pics of them because by the time I got off work it was nearly 8pm and the costumes had started coming off by the time I got to them. I think that my Inlaws got to see them before they started to undress. If I am able to get any pics from them I will post them. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and if you get the chance come and see my prima ballerina!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More than One?

Today in my usual eversation with Kristi we discussed blogging. I told her that I general do not have that much going on in my life that is either "G" rated (HAHA) or worth reading about. I am sure that none of you have a problem with this since you all lead very exciting lives. With my kids older than most I could tell you what smart mouths they have but then I would have to explain where they got it from (totally Craig) or of the nasty noises I get to hear all the time (again totally Craig) but really who wants to know that.... TMI! So thanks to my fellow ESAL I now have something to blog and I get to do more than my normal once a month post! Exciting for everyone! So here it goes, it is the.......

ABC's of Crystal

A. Attached or single? Attached
B. Best friend? My husband - Craig
C. Cake or Pie? Cake - Pie, Pecan please!
D. Day of Choice? Saturday
E. Essential item? Shoes
F. Favorite color? Lime Green
G. Gummy bears or worms? Bears, I can not take too much at one time thanks to an unfortunate skit at girls camp.
H. Hometown? Now - Blythewood Before - Lugoff
I. Indulgence? SHOES
J. January or July? January - start of a new year and another chance to get it right.
K. Kids? 4 if you count the Husband
L. Life isn’t complete without? my family
M. Marriage date? June 22 or somewhere close to that
N. Number of brothers and sisters? 2 younger sisters and a few other adopted sisters
O. Oranges or apples? Oranges
P. Phobias? ALL Bugs, Reptiles and Amphibians
Q. Quotes? "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?" — Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) and "Work at our responsibility as parents as if everything in life counted on it." — Gordon B. Hinckley
R. Reasons to smile? Silly stuff that the kids do, that includes the Husband!
S. Season of Choice? Spring
T. Tag some people: Shannon and Tonya
U. Unknown fact about me? I am NOT perfect like ya'll think that I am! You just think so because I am an ESAL.
V. Vegetable? Butterbeans
W. Worst habit? My eating habits
X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Ultrasound, not as harmful

I hope that you have a good week and like I tell my Primary class CTR!

Friday, October 17, 2008


We had a family day out yesterday, we went to the South Carolina State Fair. We all had a very good time. It was a little different this year because Brandon and Taylor are older now and they are more willing to "risk life and limb" on the rides that go faster, higher and are all together more fun. We spent the first part of this adventure in the "kiddie " section so that Seth could get his fill of riding and fun. Seth is a lot like his Father and is a little skiddish with rides. We finally got him to take a couple of risks but I do not think that he will ride the Euroslide again. It was taller than he realized when we started to climb up and his incredibly MEAN Mother would not let him turn around and go back down. I believe that we had safely climbed up, got on the mat, slid down and was standing in line for another ride when he finally stopped crying! Taylor is definately my child. She only chickened out on one ride and I gotta say that I am not that crazy about swings but going about 4 stories in the air is always exciting. Brandon is like me as well but he has not learned the "art" of riding rides. An experienced rider knows that you have to break things up and NOT ride too many spinning rides in a row. By the end of the night Brandon no longer had that very expensive dinner that we paid for. I KNOW!, but you live and you learn and I am sure that the next go round he will mix it up better. Craig of course did not ride anything because of his vertigo or atleast that is the excuse that he has been sticking to these past few years. I did not get to ride as many as I would have liked but I did get my adrenaline up a few times as well as a few laughs where my kids are concerned. They make the funniest faces when they are scared! Sorry that I do not have any amusing pictures to share with you I took the camera and then left it in the car. One day I will be able to get myself together and amaze you with my blogging abilities!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

One Month

What can happen in a month? Well if you are in the Fahner Family that would be plenty! My life has made a big change from a life of work and rest. I am now trying out another full time job as a chauffeur. My children are thankfully back in school but with that comes after school activities and homework. Seth is trying to adjust to having more than math and spelling for homework. Even after 4 weeks of school it is still a struggle but believe me he will see the light. Brandon is in the 7th grade and by now homework is well under control, the big thing for him is the addition of Ensemble Band. This will be rehearsal every Tuesday from 2:30 - 5pm, if you see him don't pinch his cheeks because I am sure they will be sore. That is what he gets for choosing the Trombone over the Drums like I told him to do! He also has been active in Boy Scouts receiving Merit Badges for Nature, First Aid, Weather and (my least favorite) Reptile and Amphibian. He also advanced to Tenderfoot and we are very proud of his progress. Now, I saved Taylor for last simply because I think that there is a word limit and I wanted to make sure that I was able to mention what the Boy's are doing. Taylor (imagine a huge exhale), my Baby Girl has got me RUNNING! I have signed more permission forms for her this year than I have in the 7 years of school before. She has wanted to join every club the school offers including Student Council. Please do not get me wrong, after school clubs are great but she only has 5 days to put it in! We have had our discussion and are now down to 3 after school clubs and one during school. Taylor will be appearing in 2 plays this year, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid (see me for dates and times). In Cinderella she will be a dragonfly and in The Little Mermaid she will revive her role as a dragonfly and add to that a Mersister - Atina. This is sure to be a good time for her and for us! By the way The Little Mermaid is on a Monday and I think that this is a great Family Home Evening idea! She has also joined the Spanish Club, Fitness Club and a book club called Brown Bags and Books! Pause as I catch my breath because this does not include Achievement Days! On top of all of this she also wants a social life like a Daddy ~ Daughter dance and a birthday party at the Marriott. Ask me sometime about her crashing a wedding - YEAH she is only 10! I will try and write more often so you all will know the ins and outs of this Family on the run. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TOP 10

No, I am not David Letterman but I do have a top 10. On there were nearly 3000 tshirts that are for the Twilight series. I did not look at all of the 3000 but I did spend enough time on there to find a few favorites.

10. Twilight Jacob vs. Edward Who cares they're both delicious!

9. I have OCD - Obessive Cullen Dissorder

8. Blondes may have more fun but Edward prefers brunette! (yeah me)

7. Why am I covered in feathers?

6. Edward Cullen Bring Sexy Back Since 1901

5. Edward can bite my pillows anyday.

4. Boyfriend Requirements *glitters in the sun * cold to the touch * very strong * very fast runner * drinks blood * name's Edward

3. Why don't you sparkle like a real man?

2. Edward can bust my headboard, bite my pillows and bruise my body anyday.

1. I'm in love with a fictional vampire. Your point?

Now there are a few tshirts for the kids that were really cute and I will share those with you as well. I would hate for anyone to waste their time the way I do.

* My Mom is a Twilighter (not sure what that means, but we got to have cereal for dinner)

* Daddy who is this Edward Cullen Mommy says she is in love with?

They are really cute and I will update you all on the one that I choose to get. Or you could just see me wearing it around.

Now for more interesting news. The movie has been rescheduled and we will get to see this on November 21st. I am still going into this movie open minded because I do not like the person that they have chosen to be Edward, nothing against anyone but there is not a person alive that is as perfect as he is in my head. With all of this considered I am still excited to see the movie!

The kids go to school in 2 days! HOORAY!

Just a couple of thoughts for the day. Hope that you have a good day!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

There is not too much that can trump the news of Breaking Dawn and the great night that I had at the book release but I guess that this will come in a very close second. My beautiful, caring, long-legged Baby Girl got her hair cut. This is something that Craig and I did not want to happen but what do you do when your daughter comes to you and say that she wants her hair cut and want to give it to Locks of Love. I tell you what you do, you get it cut. What am I going to tell her.... nope all of those people that are suffering from cancer can just do without? Of course not, so I took her and put on a brave face while my heart was ripping in two. In order to donate her hair she had to give at least 10" and she had plenty. I will not put too much in here about the girl that cut her but I will tell you that she needs a new ruler and to learn how to cut in a STRAIGHT line. Needless to say that she took off way more than she was suppose to and it was shorter in the back than it was in the front. Craig is NOT happy and I will just have to learn to deal with it. Taylor loves it though and I guess that is the most important thing, or at least that is what I am going to keep telling myself. I am proud of her for thinking of others. This is just evidence that we have done a few things right along the way. I'll take credit for this and just say that Craig is not being nearly as gracious as I am so she must have learned this from me (HA HA HA HA).

Monday, August 4, 2008