Formerly the Birchfield family blog, this space has been taken over by Sydney B., hip-hop dancer, softball player, fashion designer and youngest of the Birchfield clan.

There will be an occasional note from mom when something of interest pops up, but most of the commentary/photos/drawings will be from the young mind of Sydneyboo, diva in training.

No spelling or grammar critiques, please!

Monday, December 31, 2007


Well, it's December 31, 2007. The clock is ticking, the sand is running out on good ol' 2007. It's been an eventful year here in the 1500 block of Paxton Drive, K-town, Tennessee. We've had a 10th anniversary, a new puppy, two big vacations, the first purchase of a training bra, a kindergarten graduation, the death of a new friend and an old dog, softball, tee-ball, baseball, a new job, a learner's permit and a 40th birthday -- all those in no particular order, mind you. That is just the short list that came to mind while I was sitting here pecking away. Funny how it all seems that it has come and gone in a blink, but SO much has been packed into that blink.

So resolutions... What will they be this year? Always to lose weight -- Everybody wants to lose weight. I guess I'll put it on there. Seems like I'm sorta just always gonna be a big girl, like it's just maybe the one thing I won't ever quite get right in my life. Everybody has to have that, right? The one thing that we just never get right. Keeps us humble, I suppose. So I will put it on my wish list, my list of things unresolved, and I will make a concerted effort to be healthier, even if it doesn't mean skinnier. And if you ask my husband, my being healthier would not necessarily be weight loss, but stress loss. So my resolving to be healthier next year might involve a real *shrink* more than my actual *shrinking*!

Other items on the list, well, I think there's just one this year. It is the same as it was last year. I resolve to be as fearless as possible this year. That's it. I resolved the same thing last year and had a little bit of success with it, but not as much as I would have liked. I had several big decisions that I made fearlessly this year that have bettered my life, eased my stress, however you want to describe it. But I have also had opportunities offered to me that I turned down for fear of failing or fear of what someone else might think about it. So this year I want to be do better.

I know you're reading this thinking that, to you, I am pretty fearless -- Pretty mouthy is probably more accurate. No arguments here, folks. I am pretty outspoken, but that is not the fearlessness I am wanting. Maybe a resolve to be more confident is more what I mean. I want to take the actions I feel are best for me and my family without worrying what anyone else thinks or how anyone else will react. I tend to live every moment worried about how it's all going to be perceived. This year I am going to do my dead-level best to get over that and just to make good choices.

I remember when I was about 7 or 8, we had gone to the fair over on Magnolia, just my parents and my brother and me. There was a fun house there -- You know the kind where they have the funky mirrors and the little steps that move, the barrel that goes round and round, etc? Well, my dad was wanting me to go in and I wouldn't do it. I was scared to go. Don't ask me why. I was a nervous child (imagine that). But I do remember my mom and dad arguing right there on the pavement because my mom was telling him to just let me be and my dad said to my mom that he didn't want me to live my life afraid of everything. I have never, ever forgotten that to this day. So when things come up that scare the bejeebies out of me, I always try to hear him saying that in my head. Then I try to just close my eyes and have a little faith.

So there it is, kids, my 2008 resolutions. Got any of your own? If you do, I hope you get there, but if you fall short, it's okay. Resolutions are just really the list of all the little things we don't like about ourselves anyway, all the little insecurities we've got hidden away most of the time. And if you say you're a person who doesn't have anything that you think needs to be resolved, then you're either lying or you're really annoying! :)

Happy New Year Everybody! Bring on 2008!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Well, the shopping is done. The wrapping is *almost* done. The Christmas cards are sent. The school parties are over. The tree is twinkling. The Christmas candy is sitting on the kitchen counter. Joe is home for two weeks. I have survived a trip to the E.R. for chest pains and a CT Scan for my newly acquired *neck mass* this week. I have survived the last week of school, tests and projects and classroom Christmas celebrations. I have survived the mall, Walmart, Target and 700 trips to the front door every day to greet my worn-out UPS man bringing me my Internet goodies.

The girls are healthy, happy and so excited about the Christmas countdown they're about to bust! All of the bags and boxes with ribbons and bows and shiny things under the tree are slowly driving them insane! Fortunately, this year I am only contending with two crazy elves the week before Christmas. Joey is on his way to Orlando for a trip to Universal Studios with his mom. He will be here on Christmas Day. Tonight we are having hot chocolate and watching some really bad TV. At this moment, life is good. Life is exactly the way I want it to be.

I hope those of you who visit this blog from time to time are enjoying the season. I hope you're all healthy and content. And I hope the new year will be a good one for all of us!

So, from the Birchfields, we're wishing you a Merry Christmas!

See ya' in 2008!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Playing Catch Up

It's hard to believe it's been a MONTH since I've written anything here. So much has been going on I guess I just haven't found time to do much more than check and answer e-mails these days. Where to begin? Well, first, we did the Fantasy of Trees again this year. We go every year the day before Thanksgiving. It was beautiful this year and was very enjoyable since we were ahead of most of the crowds! The girls got to visit with Santa bright and early. It was officially the beginning of the Christmas season after that.

That same weekend, the girls, Joe and I trekked over to Thompson Boling to catch the Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers show. What a hoot that was! Thousands of little girls all decked out in colored hairspray, mini-skirts and blonde wigs. The girls had a blast. Joe and I spent most of the night peering through the binoculars at the luxury boxes across the arena watching the UT-Kentucky game. The concert started at 4:00, so we had to leave pretty early in the game. I will give it to Joe for being a good sport about missing such a big game!

We're now in the process of getting ready for Christmas. Joey and the girls have a couple of more weeks in school and then the holiday break begins. I've got tons of presents to wrap and a little shopping left to do. Fortunately, I am off from work until the end of the month so I am trying to play a little catch up this week and next. I'm working on the Christmas card and hoping to have it out by the first of next week. Why that is such a big deal, I don't know. Like it goes anywhere but right to the trash the minute the Christmas decorations are taken down!

If you don't hear from me again until after the first of the year, I hope everybody has a great Christmas! I hope you're all healthy and happy and lucky enough to spend a couple of days with your friends and family all around you! God Bless!

P.S. I've posted some pictures of the Hannah Montana concert and the Fantasy of Trees at the top if you're interested in that sorta thing!