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Jan 30, 2009

It's the weekend baby!!

I know these two guys will be getting into some football action this Sunday. The girls and I will be putting out a spread of yummy nibbles and we will continue celebrating our anniversary. I will post some photos of Will's first Superbowl. Is anyone doing anything special on game day? Please share and I hope that whatever you do this weekend that it's fun and you are safe. Enjoy!!


Jan 29, 2009

It's our 15 year Anniversary!!

Dwayne and Sheliza proudly celebrate 15 years of marriage this 29th day of January. We were both only 20 years old with no clue in the world about what our lives would be like later on down the line. We can say that it has been a great big roller coaster ride with many twists and turns, fun times, sad times, crazy times, happy times and a lot of amazing memories. Our choice to get married was not favored by others but we knew we were meant to be together. Nothing and no one was going to stop Dwayne and Shelly from being together!

Check out the looong nails! Hey, when you get your nails done for free, you graciously accept it and move on. My dress, shoes and accessories cost under $75 for everything! Our cake was given to us by a friend as a gift (her mom was a baker). All the food, tables, chairs and the place we got married in was offered up by friends and family.

Dwayne and I did not even want an actual wedding. We wanted to go to the Courthouse and be done with it, but his Aunt convinced us that we had to do it right. Our wedding was done on a $500 budget and I'm glad we did it that way. No Hollywood here!

*If anyone refers to my hair using the words Salt 'n'Pepa or Push it, I will block you! lol!! Kidding*

We honeymooned in the Bahamas (another gift to us) and I really don't know why we were posed like that but something tells me Dwayne made us do it! I would have worn a little dress but it was cold and rainy the whole time we were there. I had to borrow clothes to stay warm since all I packed was a bikini and sundresses. This was the last hour of our time in the Freeport and the sun decided to shine at the last minute!

Everyone wants to know what we are doing for our special day. We will go to lunch, order out for dinner and share some wine and some memories of old times. Nice and simple, just how we like it!


Jan 28, 2009

Vent Day Wednesday

Enjoy this week's edition of Vent Day Wednesday and remember to hit us up in the comments section with your vents.


Jan 26, 2009

A week about love

This week's posts will be dedicated to love. Why love you ask?? Well because two people you know, Dwayne and Sheliza are getting ready to celebrate 15 years of marriage. This is a big deal to us and we wanted to share this special time with you all (you know what I mean for those of you thinking very wrong things!) We actually were together for 5 years before officially tying the knot. Hmm, this means a total of 20 years and running with the same person. Most people ask ME how we do it (remember, I am married to Dwayne). I truly feel that we were both meant for one another. It took a woman like me to tame the beast. You let Dwayne tell the story and he will say he decided to keep me around. When he really wants to be annoying he will say "It's cheaper to keep her". Yep, that's my husband *sighs* What can I do, I did promise before God and all our friends and family that we were in it for life. Seriously though, it's a good life! Stay tuned this week for all things "Love". *This is where my kids make the throw-up face and say that they don't know us, ha ha!!

Jan 24, 2009

25 Random things about Shelly

  1. Most people that know me say I am proper... ha!
  2. I love to cook, actually I am very passionate about cooking.
  3. I do not like tardiness...just ask my hubby!
  4. I am a loyal friend.
  5. I appreciate proper grammar usage.
  6. I am usually the one that keeps in touch with others
  7. I have quite a bit of gray hair on the top of my head but I won't color it.
  8. I have 3 sisters, 2 younger and 1 older.
  9. I'm very nice...sometimes too nice.
  10. I have only had one professional manicure and pedicure in my life (totally by choice)
  11. I love Winter and Fall and I would not mind if the Summer bypassed me.
  12. I have learned how to shake things off easily and not allow things to bother me.
  13. Not sure why but most folks think I am organized.
  14. I want to renew my wedding vows in 5 years.
  15. I don't parallel park.
  16. I don't care for movies.
  17. I enjoy driving my girls to school every morning. I am sad if I don't.
  18. I am a coupon shopper.
  19. I am married to the most fun and crazy person I know.
  20. I enjoy giving things to others rather than to receive.
  21. Material things do not impress me at all.
  22. I am the black sheep of my family.
  23. I am not athletic at all. My kids can tell you!
  24. I do not use the word 'ugly' to describe a person's looks EVER.
  25. I'm very happy and quite content :)

Play along if you wish! Please let me know if you do :)


Jan 23, 2009

Flashback Friday

This is a photo of my girls 9 years ago when they were 3 and 5. It was Chardie's first day of kindergarten. They were eating grits with cheese but when they were little they called it gritcheese. I was the nice mommy back in those days that cooked a hot breakfast lunch and dinner EVERY day. I used to put a towel over their clothes so if they accidentally spilled there would be no need to change. Now they make their own breakfast, lunch and help cook dinner. They wash and iron their own clothes, they rarely spill or make a mess, they don't need me as much. Okay, now I'm getting teary eyed! I guess they can't stay babies forever but they will forever be my babies :)

Jan 22, 2009

4 x 4 fun!

Katie tagged me, thanks girl for keeping it short and sweet and not requiring me to think too much. You rock!!

Here are the rules:
1. Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer.
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same.

This is a photo of my sweet William on Christmas Eve. We opened gifts that night since we traveled out of town the following day. He sat on Papo's lap and was very mesmerized by the wrapping paper. He was helping Papo with opening his gift. Of course you all know William by now, he's got the tongue hanging out of his mouth. Gotta love it!

Okay here are my 4 peeps I'm tagging....

1. Paula (my Texan pal!)
2. Stacie Brown (Ms. Awesome Avon!)
3. Tracy (with her cute self!)
4.Renee (Ms. Cutie Booty herself!)

Jan 21, 2009

Vent Day Wednesday

Here is our second episode of Vent Day Wednesday. Thanks to everyone that visited last week and took time to comment or call. I'm glad you all see what a fool Dwayne is. Please be sure to leave us a comment on what is bugging you. Remember, this is Vent Day Wednesday!! **Oh yeah, I could not be in this week's video so my daughter Chardonnay filled in. She is great on camera! Enjoy and don't forget to hit us up in the comments...


Jan 20, 2009

Snow day but no actual snow

We had yet another day off today from school and work. It was deemed a 'snow day'. We woke up to a light coating of snow all over the cars, trees and rooftops. We were all excited about it and were enjoying watching those gorgeous flakes fall so gently. Fast forward.....2 hours later, it all melted and the we watched the flurries come to a sad halt. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted and we enjoyed a free day off to watch the Inauguration together as a family. South Carolina weather, gotta love it! I hope everyone is having a great day and to my Northern friends, bundle up!

Jan 18, 2009

William update 10 months old.

How can this be?? Every time I turn around this little boy is getting to be not so little anymore! Can you believe it, 10 months old already! The older he gets, the more I see his wild side coming out. He is just like his Papo (HELP!!!!) What can I say, he's a happy, healthy and very active little boy. You sure can tell there is a man in that little body of his just by observing his actions. He about wears me out each day and the fact that he barely naps in the daytime makes for a nice long slumber each night. It has been so much fun for Dwayne, myself and the girls to watch William grow each day. I think a favorite thing that we all love about him is his 1,000 expressions he makes. Here are some photos after he had a snack sitting on his high chair. Enjoy!

This last photo is just for you Tanyetta! Did you actually think I would not have one with the tongue sticking out?!


Jan 16, 2009

Flashback Friday

This is me when I was 4 years old. I got this dress for Christmas and I thought it was the most amazing dress a girl could have. I wanted to wear it everyday, even to bed!
Here I am senior year in high school, age 17 and a whole 91 pounds!! Check out the white stocking and white flats. How exactly did that go with a Summer skorts/dress I will never know. I was rockin' the big hair too! Ah, 1991 was a good year!

Jan 14, 2009

Vent Day Wednesday

Here is our second edition of Vent Day Wednesday. This is the actual video that we should have posted last week but we had major technical malfunctions. I just need to explain something quickly so you don't think we are idiots (at least not me that is). Einstein failed to set the digital camera on memory card and instead set it to internal memory. This lead to the last 8 seconds of video being cut off since the camera stopped so abruptly. Thanks Dwayne (consider that one a mini vent) We hope you all enjoy this very entertaining video and remember to hit is up in the comments with your vents...


Jan 12, 2009

Dwayne- New BLYA Logo

Hello to all my fans... I would like to thank the academy and... oops I'm sorry wrong post. I was day dreaming about my Hollywood acceptance speech. (I know Shelly is saying yeah right!) You will see baby, one day I will be a star. However, until then please jump over to BLYA and give your opinion of the new logo. I like comments, good comments, bad comments, any comments, sexy comments because hey I am so sexy (DWAYNE! finish your post and get off my blog! -says Shelly).

Well check out the the logo and give me your 2 cents.

Take care and have a great day.

Sing with me... I'm too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts... (Everybody sing)

DWAYNE!!! said by Shelly.

Okay, I'm out...holla at me!

Jan 8, 2009


Last night my hubby updated his Facebook account and was typing a comment in response to and old high school ID card photo. Our oldest daughter Chardonnay was with us and watched her dad as he typed away.

My comment to his photo was "Oh lawd, and I married you anyway! LOL!"

He then responds to say something dumb along the lines of "and yes, you continue to praise the heavens above everyday. lol!" *coughs...whatever!*

Chardie then says Uh Bawbie and Papo...LOL??? You are not cool! Please don't think you are just because you say lol!! We laughed so hard and explained that lol has been around a while now, even before she knew it existed.

We then go into the conversation about how kids these days think they came up with everything. For instance the word swagger. Youngsters think this is a word of their time since some rapper put it in a song and made a big hit out of it. Sorry kids, swagger is an old timey word :P I just love listening to my kids points of view on things. They are hysterical!

At the end of the conversation Dwayne and I both claim that we are indeed cool. Chardie agreed that I was cool but that Papo was a straight up fool! Now that one deserves a big LOL!!!

Jan 7, 2009

Vent Day Wednesday... (Supposed to be the kick-off)

Okay, where do I start?? I am supposed to be posting a video for this first Vent Day Wednesday post. Where is the video you ask? Well, let's say freakin' technology has failed on me in the biggest ways possible! I am not on my actual computer because I am waiting on Time Warner to come out to check out my modem. *sighs* It really, really sucks not having an internet connection. I hate it when stupid technology gets in the way of completing a simple task. I don't like the fact that the City of Columbia is digging up the lot next to me. I am sure they will find a way to charge us for that. I don't like the fact that the brand spanking new computer I have has to get replaced and I have to wait fifty million years to get it back. Oh yeah and my Twitter account has been compromised and I can't even sign in. Technology really sucks this week in the Ismail house! Uh, okay now that I have vented (not in the way I wanted) it is your turn to vent. Please comment so I feel better that you are having a hard week too :P

***Note: I must have other things going wrong since I did not say one negative thing about Dwayne. I must be losing it for real!

Jan 5, 2009

I made my decision

I have made my decision as far as joining Sams Club. After posting about it and taking into account what you all had to say, (along with some local people I know) we have decided not to join. I think my #1 thing is wasting and having to spend such a hefty amount at one time. I feel like if I continue to purchase things on sale and combined with coupons, I will come out better. Also I will not have a membership fee, like Tanyetta said "Why should I have to spend money to save money". I am going to stick to my usual method except I will stock up on things more so I don't get to the point that I am running out of that item. I really appreciate everyone that took the time to comment. You really helped me make my final decision :)

Jan 4, 2009

Bath time

Can you tell someone loves to be in the bathtub? Look at his wild hair!! He never seems tired of us snapping photos either. Just like his dad...loves to showcase himself and to be nakey as Dwayne calls it! lol!


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