My First, My Last, My Everything

I just got in from Texas.  The family and I drove down to see my mom and dad get remarried on November 23rd (a year after they met “again” on Black Friday).  Crazy…but not so crazy.

1975My original toast went a little something like, “I don’t believe in accidents. It was in God’s plan for you two to meet last year.  One of my favorite quotes is something about (this is where it got jumbled because I was trying to recite it from memory after a rum and coke), ‘When my child asks me who my first love was, I don’t want to have to pull out a photo album, I want to be able to point across the room and say that’s him.’ I’m glad you guys will have that.  Ladies and gentleman, to my parents, the Robinson’s, together again.”

Since my toast was a little shaky (I hate public speaking), even though my parents liked it, I decided to blog in honor of their reunion.

The wedding started after my grandma, the mother of the bride was seated. The groom, my dad, and his best man/ring bearer, my little man, took their place with the officiant.Groom and Best Man

My brothers, my sister, then I walked in separately in lieu of bridesmaids.  My sister is glowing for her own reasons;)

Bride's Children

Then came the flower girls, my daughter and her second cousins (my mom’s sister’s daughters).  They made a last second change in the plans and came out together.  It was so funny, but so cute.

Flower Girls

Then came the bride, my beautiful mom. She walked to my siblings and I, we all joined hands, and gave her away to my dad.

Giving Away the Bride

They said their personal vows.

Liz and Larry

They exchanged rings. I think they both agreed the rings were better the second time around.

The bling

And then…

Sealing the Deal

They were Liza and Larry Robinson…again!  Reunited by Peaches & Herb came on, and transitioned into I Feel Good by James Brown as they did their first walk/boogie down the aisle as husband and wife.

Reunited

I Feel Good

The rest of the wedding was the usual and unusual (check out Gangnam Style…lol)

We Are Family

A beautiful wedding cake and awesome groom’s cake (even if it was the Yankees, it was nice to see it get cut up).

Cake

We had dancing…to the max.  They had a live mariachi band and a DJ hooking it up with line dances and Gangnam Style (see link above).

Dance to the Music

The bouquet/garter toss got a little steamy and shortly after the couple left for their hotel. These were the PG-13 pictures I got.

Get A Room...and they did

Everyone had a really good time and a lot of Dos Equis (a few of us didn’t drink it).  It was nice to see my mom and dad reignite that spark that started before I was born (hmm…and I guess the reason I was born).

Good Times

Sorry I can’t include all the pictures of all of the wonderful friends and family that attended.  I will link a page with all the pictures later. My mom and dad already thanked everyone that helped this wedding come together.  You know who you are, thank you all again!

Mom & Dad,

I pray that God looks over both of you and that you look after each other. I wish you a life of happiness and good health. Know that marriage is only the beginning and not the end of your story. I hope your love and friendship grows stronger and that you continue to grow together.  To a wonderful future. Cheers!

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With Friends Like You, I Don’t Need Enemies

Condemned for Silence

I took the high road for months, sadly I am now briefly exiting to the low road. It’s funny when people delete you from social networking sites based on what someone else is saying. If someone else is talking crap about their closest friend, you better believe they talk crap about you too.  I turned the other cheek several times, but someone has diarrhea of the mouth blasting lies to everyone I know, even my husband, yet has not confronted me once. I want to hear it from the horse’s mouth, no pun intended. You’re working so hard to ruin my reputation, saying all the things I did for you when we were friends was to just get attention. I didn’t broadcast supporting you through your hardships, last time I checked that’s what friends do. You want to blame me for your marriage problems. Come on, be honest, with yourself at least, own your own crap. First of all your marriage started with an ultimatum, you’ve had problems prior to day one. If you feel like your spouse enjoyed my friendship more than you, you should’ve stopped pushing us to hang out all the time. I should’ve questioned your motives and been more cautious about being good friends with him, but that doesn’t make me a homewrecker. I can list example after example where you have slighted me, but I would sweep your questionable actions under the rug. “With friends like you, I really don’t need enemies.” You would return anything you borrowed from me trashed or not at all. You would do things like flip my shirt up in public right after I had kids to see how much loose skin I had (really). I would walk in on you twisting stories about me. Then you lose my 3 year old daughter at a large theater, laugh about it, and can’t even muster up an apology (still haven’t). I restrained my reaction to the latter incident because I cared for you as a friend. You later said it wasn’t that big of a deal, when it was one of the scariest things that happened to me. We have different priorities, my children are my life. That was the last straw for me. You admitted that was what this dissolution was mainly about, but then you concoct this whole story about me being a homewrecker as the reason we’re not friends anymore. I apologized to you, even though I know that you know nothing happened. I have been fairly quiet after this whole incident, I defended myself to a couple people that I thought were real friends and to my husband that you confronted twice. I didn’t appreciate you trying to make my husband do your dirty work, trying to make him confront your husband at work. I thought that was a nice touch trying to tell him I got a guy’s number in the club. I haven’t even given anyone my number when I was single. It’s a good thing my husband has been with me for 18 years. He knew you were up to no good, he smelled something fishy, no pun intended. That didn’t go as planned because I don’t lie to him that I’m still friends with your husband. I told him I’m just not friends with you because of your actions.  I was trying to take the high road because of our children, but then you started pulling lies out of your behind. “When in doubt, tell the truth.” I feel childish putting it all out there, and don’t owe anyone an explanation, but when my son is asking me about things you told my husband, gloves are off now. Some things I accepted as who you are even though I don’t agree. Like you sitting in front of the mirror doing your hair and makeup a couple of hours, but not finding time to go to lunch or make your kids an Easter basket;  you posing half nude for free all the time and talking about sending pics to nude magazines (I won’t post websites, but they are out there) but don’t start putting pics of your kids up until I mention you only put up pics of you; you tossing around the idea of having an affair with the married guy at your church that lives right around the corner from you (I told you that wouldn’t be fair to his wife); you constantly trying to get your children diagnosed instead of just spending more time studying and working with them, and using their medication to lose weight. Those are not the reasons I’m not your friend, I didn’t judge you. You and I are NOT friends because I can’t be around someone that feels the need to always down others to feel better. You can’t name one person that I have talked crap about that I haven’t said to their face. You would blast some of your closest friends, so I was smart enough to know you’re probably doing the same about me. I realize now, when I would say someone is a sweet couple, that especially triggers something in you. You have said this person… “just got married because they felt guilty having sex in sin” “thinks their husband is gay” “acts like they have money but is in credit card debt” “has prodigy kids but not smart their self” “is married but out being shady” “doesn’t take care of their kids” “looks like they gained weight” “is always trying to be like me”and so on. So, when all of them are deleting me a small part of me felt bad because I never joined in with you talking about them or did anything to them, and I liked most of them; but a bigger part of me thanks you for showing me my true friends.
I feel bad blasting you because we were good friends once. I just think if you’re going to continue to blast me, you should tell the whole truth. Consider this a warning, I have respected your wishes to end this friendship. When we were friends I would let it slide when I would catch you talking crap about me. Now that we’re not friends, please keep my name out of your mouth, because I am not going to sit here and let you give me any of the credit for the condition of your marriage. All your friends are enabling you, because they know I’m not responsible for your problems either because you never have a filter, you blast all your business to anyone that listens, so they know you already had problems. If I hear you talking about me, my kids, my husband, or my mom again, I wish I could say I will go back to taking the high road, but I might take your route and be more specific about names, websites, and pictures. You are a smart and beautiful person on the outside, you just need to work on the ugliness you have on the inside. It’s contagious, so I agree with you we are better off not friends.
In closing, I know I will find my way back to the high road.  I apologize to those not involved. I don’t care what you conclude about me, but please don’t base it on someone else’s lies, base it on the way I’ve treated you. I strive to follow the golden rule and treat others the way I would want to be treated. That’s why I helped some of you that I haven’t even known long, because I don’t believe in making someone’s life any harder. I’m not going to speak badly about someone just because the accusations coming from a liar. So if some of you took my silence as guilt, shame on you.

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Happy Birthday Josiah!

Today Josiah turned seven years old! I have a second grader now…where did the time go? It doesn’t feel like it was already seven years ago when I was blessed with one of my best friends, Josiah Cristian. I rememeber not being able to sleep for the first few months because I would wake up and want to stare at him all night.  His existence changed so many parts of my life, he made me want to be the best mom I could be, and I wanted to show God how much I appreciated his wonderful gift.  I want Josiah to use his good heart to be the very best version of himself.  I hope he gets all the best parts of his dad and me. I hope he doesn’t make a lot of the same mistakes his dad and I made, but I’ll be there to give him good advice, listen to him, never judge him, and love him unconditionally. Happy birthday baby boy.  You may not be a baby still, but you will always be my first baby. I love you Josiah.First Baby

Check out Josiah’s ninja party!

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Focus on Yourself

Your Light

“Blowing out somebody else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.” I don’t remember who said this, but I heard it from my sixth grade Quest teacher (a half hour life class for students to talk about feelings, I didn’t share much, but paid close attention). I’ve never been the kind of person to judge or make fun of someone, when I know I am not perfect.  I’m not surprised, but always amazed at the people who think they will look better, more interesting, or draw attention by talking down about other people.  I can never understand those that would spend so much energy putting others down. Some say people do it because jealousy, insecurity, peer pressure, bored, immature, or other reasons. Why do you think they do it? If you do it, why? Next time you hear someone talking mean about someone, don’t join in or laugh and encourage it. If you are the person doing it, stop, close your mouth, and focus on yourself;)

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Make a Difference-Amerian Cancer Society

Why am I walking?

I believe one person can make a difference by inspiring your friends, family members, and strangers to make a difference too.  You can sit there and empathize with people in some of their darkest times all you want, but all the feelings and condolences are not going to shed any light unless you back it up with actions. It’s the right thing to do.  I’m not going to make their problems magically disappear, but I’m being part of an effort to help them get through it. I’m not going to sit in my cozy house with a roof over my head and watch it storm on my friend, I’m not going to offer my friend an umbrella from the distance, I’m going to walk my butt over to them, open an umbrella up, put it over their head, and weather the storm with them.  I don’t think God gives me all the blessings I have in life, he doesn’t let me wake up everyday, he doesn’t give me my health and strength, for me to not be a part of making a difference for others.

And you can be a part of it, too.

I have signed up to walk and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer. I hope you will make a donation in support of my participation. Together, we can make strides to end breast cancer! It’s a start:)

My Making Strides Page

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Better Late

Saw this on a license plate the other day and it really hit home.Amen

It’s never too late to head in the right direction.  It’s better late than never.

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Free Rice

Have Fun and Make a Difference

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Hello, hello!

Destin, FL

Me & My Munchkins

Hi, I’m Bianca (If you want the whole spill check out the “About” page)!!  Nice to meet you.  I am always changing my webpage, so I’m trying the blog route.   I mainly like to keep a webpage because when I first moved to this area, after I had my kids, it was like a treasure hunt trying to find activites to do around here.  I have found some pretty cool places through my own searching, and from joining MOMS Club, and from word of mouth.  I just want to pass on the information to anyone else that might be new to the area, a new mom, or just looking for something fun to do with the family.  If my site helps even one person, mission accomplished.  Please let me know about activities or ideas that I haven’t already included on my site. Even if you’re not a local, you can find similar activities in your area (if you ask, I’ll help you find some).  Other things you might find on my blog include but not limited to family pics and updates, occasionally easy recipes (if I can do it, it has got to be easy…I loathe cooking), kid party ideas, business shout outs, advice, questions, good deals, reviews on products, and just whatever else is on my brain at that moment:P

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