I got to hold this little one today! I love you sweet Isaiah! Please pray that he will eat....easily.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Cole is 10 and Parker 4!
Mammy and E!
Emaline liked the icing.I love this picture of P. It isn't the greatest photo, but he sure looks cute!The horse joining our party! This totally freaked the kids out that the horse was getting too close to the house, or Honey's car!!!!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Who needs March 17th, when we had Oprah yesterday! I had DVR'd it, and we had a dance off last night. If you have watched the series, and know the dances, you know that Parker is truly doing his best to imitate the moves. I LOVE the head throw! He didn't incorportate as many 'shimmies' as I would have liked, but I love what we got!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
She heard it in my voice. I quickly grabbed my cell phone and called my dad since I was on hold from my landline phone.. I told him the address which they gave me to where the beautiful lacy items (not sure of the package contents, but I do like to think it was some really sleezy stuff) were shipped. I confirmed with him that we haven't ever lived at the address listed or he hadn't been at a rent house at this address. He told me the general area of this address, and let's just say it isn't...well a nice neighborhood. He wrote down the address. I hung up with him as I was taken off hold from VS. They were having trouble with their computer, so they told me. At one time they even asked if I planned on reopening my account to remain a VS customer since I had closed my account back in October when all this started. Uuuu. NO! They kept asking my name and continued telling me they had no record of an order that Paige Pearson had placed. My blood pressure at this point was boiling. WHAT DO YOU MEAN you don't have an order placed by Paige Pearson on this account. WHY am I on the phone with you then? They informed me that the order was placed by a PAIGE BOWDEN!!! EXCUSE ME!? What did you say!? ( For some of my readers who may not know me...my MAIDEN name is Bowden) I flipped out! For the next few minutes I had a moment with the VS sales representative to something like this:
YOU MEAN TO TELL ME...someone from my hometown, where I haven't lived since 1994, or had an address there since 1998 used my card to ship to an unkown address using a name that I haven't had on THIS account since 2000 and on a card that hasn't been used since 2003 and at no time was a red flag thrown!!! You have got to be kidding me!
(again, just a summary)
The VS person on the phone then proceeded to tell my how many thousands of internet orders a day they receive and there is no way they can monitor them all, and I must say NOT in a very nice tone! She continued to ask me how someone in Paris got my account number. I told her they must have done one of the crazy free panty give away things trying to get business and sent it to an old address or someone got a hold of a NEW credit card they must have sent out to a Paige Bowden, just like dogs and 4 four year olds getting approved for credit cards. She assured me that there wasn't a record of that on their computer. Great. She again asked me if I knew someone who lived at that address. I told her no, and I think at this point is where I totally lost it. I actually began yelling. I told that sweet little girl on the phone that I had been nothing but nice to each and every collector that had called, and I did everything VS had asked me to do, and that VS needs to take the ENORMOUS charge off my account immediately!
I was shaking...sweating...my heart was going crazy! I really can't remember a time I have been so mad. That sweet little girl then told me then I must go file a police report! WHAT! I still don't understand this one because I don't know how this person in Paris got my account number. Her tone did change after I raised my voice, which is crazy! She became a nice, cool toned customer service representative.
My dad called back and told me he had called the Paris Police Department and asked who lived at that address. It was not registered at all. So after work my dad and Sid actually drove by this house!!! I can't really see my dad being the Perry Mason type! He wanted to stop and go look in the windows but Sid wouldn't let him! The house was in the slum part of town like he thought, but get this, the house the package of unmentionables were sent: vacant! The next morning an officer went to check the house out and confirmed that no one lived there. He then told my dad some things I need to do, like report it to the police department which I live, that it was really out of his hands even if he were to find someone at the house. It looks like the person who used my card, had it delivered to this vacant house on purpose and probably did drivebys to see when a package appeared.
SO...I am still waiting to hear from VS on where this all stands, but for now and probably forever, my feet will not go into that store. I don't think they handled this professionally and with all the fraud that goes on, that 1 of the things that happened didn't SCREAM fraud!
Thanks for letting me work through this again! A special thanks to the PPD! How nice of them to go check out that house! I just wish that could have caught someone! It is just a puzzle! I will keep you readers updated!
(by the way, when my wallet was stolen back in 2004, my VS card was not used before it was cancelled)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
First of all...thank you for all of your special comments and emails about my nanny. She was a very special lady! Yes, Marianne, the strawberry cake is the one with strawberries in it. I actually have it in Nanny's handwriting! Tomorrow is my Pappa's birthday. I can't believe he has been gone for 9 years! He died just a few days before his birthday. February has lots of memories for me, it is also Nanny Betty's birthday month!
Underwear. I really wanted to blog about this. Stacey told me I shouldn't. I told him I was going to post pictures! He was totally freaked out. You see, I was in walmart without children a few days ago and thought I would spend some time picking out some new undies. I am rebelling against VS due to an issue that will be blogged about in a future post about some fraud, so I thought I would try some good ole' Hanes. It took me a good 20 mintues to pick the perfect cut and size, which was TRICKY! I was so happy...that is until I showed them to Stacey. I think he almost fell over and honestly so did I! There were huge! I even rechecked the package. I bought the correct size so the package said, and I did buy only 1 size larger than I normally wear due to baby. On the package the girl modeling the style I picked out (THAT VS OFFERS AS WELL) looks nice, and in no way did I think this style looked like granny panties. I tried to convince Stacey that the style I chose was a new popular style, and dare I say sexy! I even saw Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a pair of this particular style in a promo for her upcoming movie. So I thought there was no way those new undies were going to fit me. You guessed it, they did! So, I went to the gym.
Today, Emaline told my grandmother, "Get out of town!" She got that from me. Better than SHUT UP!
The kids and I had the best time flying a kite today! Emaline did amazing running holding the string. I couldn't get it away from her...until she dropped the string! Luckily we didn't lose my kite!
I recently put my sitemeter back on my blog. I haven't had it on there since I changed my template MANY months ago. I had no idea the kind of traffic I have been receiving. I don't KNOW people in MOST of the places that are showing up!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
You know it is odd how you have been on my mind all day. I knew it was your birthday, but for some reason, this year, more than any other, you have lived in my heart. You would have been 95 today. March 8,1995 I received a call my freshman year at ACU that you had gone to be with our Savior! You were a beautiful lady. I remember so much about you, things I love. I, also have those memories I would like to forget. That disease that controlled your life those last years robbed us. I remember those days in Clarksville, Sunday lunch at your house every Sunday, fighting those crazy crawldads, playing in your sewing room, buzzing that button above the bar that would ring that back room...why did it do that? I remember your love for Blue Bell, I remember you dishing it out, pouring that Magic Shell on top, and us sharing it. I remember you humming. Home again, home again, jiggity jog is what you would always say as we pulled your blue car into the garage. I loved sitting with you at church, in the same row...for how many years was it Nanny? And your hats! You didn't go to church without one, usually purple to match your suit and of course a feather. I sing that old hymn that you would sing to me when you pushed me in your swing set to Parker now. He can sing it now too! Then we moved to Paris. I remember you and Buddy coming to bring me the necessities when Mother Nature visitied this unsuspecting 5th grader! Eating at Furrs. Then, you became my roommate! I am so sorry for all those times I was unkind to you. I know you have forgiven me, but a middle schooler sharing her room with her grandmother was uncool or so I thought! You know what I remember...the example you showed me...you read your Bible every night. You were such a kind person. I remember hearing MANY stories about you and how you helped customers at Self Serve by probably never bringing home a pay check yourself. Those last few years were tough. It was so hard to come visit you, knowing you really didn't remember me. You would call my name, but you called everyone my name! I think it was because of that year we shared my full size bed, bathroom, and closet!
Thank you, Vida Mae, for being a Christian example for me. I miss you. I am proud that Emaline carries your name. Happy Birthday Nanny! I love you!
The photos below are really for all of the cousins, but feel free to scroll through our family history! I added some commentary of the pictures in case you have stuck with it this long.You can read who is who on the bottom of this one. Ruby, well she belongs to the faithful commenter Marianne, that is her MIL, and Bessie, well she belongs to Andrea and Lyneil ( and Amy but she never updates her blog). Bessie told me that they gave Buddy that apple to keep her still. I may have to try that on one of my photo shoots! Vida, Bessie, and Ruby above. I think they were visiting someone in Commerce? Any one know the rest of this story? Here they are, all the girls: Bessie was 20, Vida was 19, Ruby was 18, Martha was 2 (Cousin Susan belongs to her, as well as, Missy) and Betty was 7 (Roselyn, Avery, Julie, and Kanyon belong to her). Uncle James wasn't in this picture, with was Will Ed or Hilliard.
The studly man in all these pictures of course is my grandfather. His name was Harry Houston Bowden. A sawmill man, a rancher, and a fisher he was. He was taken before I was ready, before I really knew him with a heart attack on a fishing trip. I love the stories about his love for my grandmother...amazing examples!
Today at preschool, Parker's Discovery teacher came and found me to tell me a wonderful story. The teachers were discussing art museums, and famous artists and asked the kids where they might find pieces of this famous art. Parker quickly raised his hands and said: MY REGRIGERATOR! He is quite the artist!