Monday, December 31, 2012

Music Monday: Mr. Know It All

I have always liked this song since it was originally released.


                                     "Mr. Know It All"
                                             (By: Kelly Clarkson)

Mr. Know It All
Well ya think you know it all
But ya don't know a thing at all
Ain't it, ain't it something y'all
When somebody tells you something 'bout you
Think that they know you more than you do
So you take it down another pill to swallow

Mr. Bring Me Down
Well ya, ya like to bring me down, don't you?
But I ain't laying down, baby, I ain't goin' down
Can't nobody tell me how it's gonna be
Nobody's gonna make a fool out of me
Baby, you should know that I lead not follow

[Chorus:]
Oh you think that you know me, know me
That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely
'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me
You ain't got the right to tell me
When and where to go, no right to tell me
Acting like you own me lately
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

Mr. Play Your Games
Only got yourself to blame when you want me back again
But I ain't falling back again
'Cause I'm living my truth without your lies
Let's be clear baby this is goodbye
I ain't coming back tomorrow

[Chorus:]
Oh you think that you know me, know me
That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely
'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me
You ain't got the right to tell me
When and where to go, no right to tell me
Acting like you own me lately
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

[Bridge:]
So what you've got the world at your feet
And you know everything about everything
But you don't
You still think I'm coming back but baby you'll see yeah...

[Chorus:]
Oh you think that you know me, know me
That's why I'm leaving you lonely, lonely
'Cause baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me
You ain't got the right to tell me
When and where to go, no right to tell me
Acting like you own me lately
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

Mr. Know It All
Well ya think you know it all
But ya don't know a thing at all
Yeah baby you don't know a thing about me
You don't know a thing about me

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Social: Getting Ready for the New Year

1. What is the best New Years Eve you've ever had?
I very rarely ever do anything for New Years. I think the only time I had done anything was 2000/2001. We got a sitter for oir only child at the time and we went back and forth between two parties. They were about 10 minutes between the two. One was hosted by my uncle and his friends; the other by my husband's boss (who was also a family friend). 

2. Are you doing anything for NYE this year and if so what?
Nope, not a thing. We have 7 kids now and live  away from family. The likely hood of finding someone to watch all 7 of them is highly unlikely. Besides that, our finances have taken a hit the last couple of months. Besides, I think New Years parties are overrated. 

3. Name a book we should all read come January?
The one I'm writing. ;) Ok, so it's not even finished yet and the likelihood of it being published is slim. I don't really know of a book. I need some suggestions though. I haven't really read a book for fun in awhile. I read a few of the free Kindle books in the last year, but nothing spectacular. 

4. What are your new years resolutions?
Continue on my weight loss journey.
Do better with school (both mine and the kids).
Blog more consistently.
Finish my novel I am writing.
Begin a second in November for NaNoWriMo.


Sunday Social

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas.... From our House to Yours!

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I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Social: Just a Few of my Favorite Things

1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? 
I don't eat much ice cream anymore. But, I love Rocky Road and anything Mint Chocolatey. My all time favorite though is Bubble Gum ice cream that I got when I was younger at High's Ice Cream stores. 

2. What is your favorite smell? 
Baked goods in the oven: cookies, pies, breads, etc. Also love the smell of freshly bathed babies. 

3. What is your favorite TV commercial? (Past or present) 
I really don't like too many commercials. I try not to watch them and instead use the commercial time for other things. I really loved the "Where's the Beef?" Wendy's commercials from my youth. 


4. What is your favorite day of the week? 
I really don't have a favorite day of the week. While some say weekends, my weekends have no significance. 

5. What is your favorite way to waste time? 
Random researching, reading/writing blogs. Kind of like I am doing now. I should be writing a paper....

6. What is your favorite article of clothing?
I don't have just one. I love all my clothing equally. Most of my wardrobe is Saints (T-shirts, jerseys, tanks, etc), LSU (T-shirts, tanks, etc) and my T-shirts from Fleurty Girl. They are all my favorites.

Sunday Social
Linked up with Ashley's Carnival Ride and A Complete Waste of Makeup

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Blogger Day of Silence


In memory of those who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Music Monday: Hall of Fame

I'm linking up at My So Called Chaos

This is the time of year when everyone is listening to Christmas music. But, I'm going to confess now. I don't really like Christmas music. At all. So, you will not be seeing Christmas selections from me. However, this is my new favorite song (ha! switched from two weeks ago). I love this song because it's about shooting for your dreams. Good message!



Hall of Fame
{The Script feat. Will.I.Am}

Yeah, You could be the greatestYou can be the bestYou can be the king kong banging on your chestYou could beat the worldYou could beat the warYou could talk to God, go banging on his door
You can throw your hands upYou can beat the clockYou can move a mountainYou can break rocksYou can be a masterDon't wait for luckDedicate yourself and you can find yourselfStanding in the hall of fameAnd the world's gonna know your nameCause you burn with the brightest flameAnd the world's gonna know your nameAnd you'll be on the walls of the hall of fameYou could go the distanceYou could run the mileYou could walk straight through hell with a smileYou could be the heroYou could get the goldBreaking all the records they thought never could be broke
Do it for your peopleDo it for your prideNever gonna know if you never even tryDo it for your countryDo it for you nameCause there's gonna be a dayWhen you're standing in the hall of fameAnd the world's gonna know your nameCause you burn with the brightest flameAnd the world's gonna know your nameAnd you'll be on the walls of the hall of fameBe a champion, Be a champion, Be a champion, Be a championOn the walls of the hall of fameBe studentsBe teachersBe politiciansBe preachersBe believersBe leaders
Be astronautsBe championsBe true seekersBe studentsBe teachersBe politiciansBe preachersBe believersBe leadersBe astronautsBe championsStanding in the hall of fameAnd the world's gonna know your nameCause you burn with the brightest flameAnd the world's gonna know your nameAnd you'll be on the walls of the hall of fame(You can be a champion)You could be the greatest(You can be a champion)You can be the best(You can be a champion)You can be the king kong banging on your chest(You can be a champion)You could beat the world(You can be a champion)You could beat the war(You can be a champion)You could talk to God, go banging on his door(You can be a champion)
You can throw your hands up(You can be a champion)You can be the clock(You can be a champion)You can move a mountain(You can be a champion)You can break rocks(You can be a champion)You can be a master(You can be a champion)Don't wait for luck(You can be a champion)Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself(You can be a champion)Standing in the hall of fame

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Social: Completely Random


1. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
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2. What do you keep beside your bed?
Nothing really. Just my cell phone and a lamp. Occasionally my Kindle if I am reading something. Mostly CJ keeps all his stuff on my bedside table.

3. What is your least favorite chore?
All? Ok, probably bathrooms. 

4. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be?
Cleaning. LOL 

5. What do you do to vent anger?
Ironically, clean.

6. What is your favorite holiday of the year and why?
Mardi Gras. I just love it. 

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fears!

See, I told you that I wouldn't be consistent with this. Maybe I should shoot for all 30 to be done before March!

Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

Fear #1: Lightening
   When I was a little girl, I was at my grandparents' house during a thunderstorm. Lightening struck their house and it caught on fire. Ever since, I have been terrified of lightning storms. As a child, I would pack all my favorite possessions in a bag and keep the bag on me in case our house caught fire. Now, as an adult I am not so extreme. But, I suffer from anxiety whenever a storm is around. 

Fear #2: Losing my Children
    This is a very legitimate fear especially with all that is going on in the world these days. I am thankful for my babies each and every day. I honestly don't know how I could make it without them.

Fear #3: Not Finishing College
    I am 34 years old and not yet finished with college. Not even my bachelors degree. I am supposed to finish that in 2014. But, I am terrified that something will stop me from going further. Then I'll be stuck with student loans and a bachelors degree that is really not going to help me get the job I want (need a graduate degree). 


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Friday, December 14, 2012

12/14/2012: A Day of Heartbreak

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Prayers to the families of the victims of today's tragedy. Also prayers to the community of Newton, Connecticut. The road to recovery will be a long, difficult process for all involved. 


Hug your little ones a little tighter. Remember what is most important in life. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stay Little A Little Longer

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Prior to 2010, I had six children. I marveled in their accomplishments. I enjoyed watching them grow and hit developmental milestones. Then in 2010, I gave birth to my seventh child. For personal reasons, I knew that he would be my last child. Not only was this baby my last child but also my only son. He was my last chance to watch the milestones and accomplishments. 

I cried when he wanted only a sippy cup at 9 months old. I cried when he uttered his first words and took his first steps. Then, almost overnight he went from first steps to all out running. I cried when he wanted nothing to do with baby food but wanted table food from the beginning. I wasn't ready for him to grow up.

I'm still not ready. Yesterday he went to his drawers and brought me an outfit. Pants, shirt and undies. And it all matched. He matched his clothes better at 2.5 years old than my 5 year olds do. I wanted to cry. He's not my baby much anymore. He's growing up into a smart and attentive boy. He counted to 5 for me. He has a fascination with gluing objects. And when I gave him a "fun" assignment to do while I taught the girls, he did better drawing than they did. He sings from memory. And a few months ago, he was doing this:

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He was playing Angry Birds on my Kindle. AND BEATING LEVELS! He is so grown. I ask him if he's Mama's Baby and he says "No! I CJ!" And when I tell him he'll always be my baby, he reluctantly says "OK." But, he still hugs and kisses on mommy so I guess I am safe. For now. 

Why does the youngest always grow up the fastest? Why can't I savor every moment of him being the baby? Sometimes I don't think it's fair how fast any of them grow but especially the last. He'll be 3 in February. He'll probably be acting like he's 6 by then....


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Ghosts of Lilburn?

When we lived in Maryland, I became obsessed with ghost stories since there were so many in our area. One day we decided to go out and see if we could locate any of the places I had read about.

This is Lilburn, one of Ellicott City's most beautiful and haunted houses. {Click here for the webpage about it} Since it was a inhabited home, there was no way we could even go near it. I took these pictures from the street.


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Supposedly, you get instant eerie feelings just by looking at it. I never did. Some people claim they have photos with ghostly faces in windows; but no ghosts in my pictures.


This Ghost Story is UNKNOWN. I couldn't get near anything to even get a vibe about it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Fiery Cajun Lemon Shrimp

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I love me some shrimp. And I love cajun food. I fix this about once a week for myself. Yum, yum!

Ingredients:
  • Shrimp (I used a pound of medium shrimp), shelled
  • 3 lemons
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Cajun seasoning
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F. 
  2. Slice two lemons into thin slices. Place lemon slices into bottom of 8x8 pan.
  3. Place shrimp on top of lemons. Cut the last lemon in half. Squeeze juice from the lemons over shrimp. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and Tabasco sauce, to taste.
  4. Bake at 350*F for about 20 minutes or until shrimp are translucent. 

Linked up with:
Nap-Time Creations 
Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays Mandy‘s Recipe Box

Monday, December 3, 2012

Music Monday: God Gave Me You

I am linked up with My So Called Chaos

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song!!!



                                     "God Gave Me You"

I've been a walking heartache
I've made a mess of me
The person that I've been lately
Ain't who I wanna be

But you stay here right beside me
Watch as the storm blows through
And I need you

Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you

There's more here than what were seeing
A divine conspiracy
That you, an angel lovely
Could somehow fall for me
You'll always be love's great martyr
And I'll be the flattered fool
And I need you
Yeah!

God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you

On my own I'm only
Half of what I could be
I can't do without you
We are stitched together
And what love has tethered
I pray we never undo

Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you, gave me you
He gave me you

20 Random Facts About Me

Here is item #1 on the list of 30 Things My Children Should Know About Me.

1. I am an extreme perfectionist. Nothing I do is ever right to my standards.
2. I love to cook. I will keep attempting a recipe until I perfect it. Most of the time that means changing it until I make it my own.
3. I was on the tennis team my freshman and sophomore years. I was scorekeeper for the wrestling team my senior year.
4. I was named Teenager of the Year by the local Kiwanis club when I was a senior.
5. I took the SAT test once. I scored high enough that time to get into any college I wanted.
6. I used to think the city of Buffalo was in Texas. I was shocked when I learned it was in New York. {I was 6 at the time}
7. I can't snap. Or whistle.
8. I can't draw a straight line even with a ruler.
9. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school. And 1 year in college. I could probably speak it if I had to.
10. I am the grammar/spelling police. I hate when people use there/their/they're or your/you're incorrectly.
11. I am overly selective of my friends. I have very high standards.
12. I have a problem when it comes to organization. Everything must be organized. Now, refer to #1 and realize nothing is perfect enough for me. It's a vicious cycle.
13. I am over-analytical of everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Most times I can't make a decision because I am too busy analyzing it.
14. I am a diverse music listener. Pretty much, I'll listen to anything. Except classical and that screaming metal stuff.
15. I once thought I'd live in my hometown forever.
16. I have ADHD. It doesn't work in my favor.
17. I love to read and write. I have been a reader and a writer since I was really little.
18. I am very sensitive. I am very emotional.
19. I have a big heart. Some mistake this for being naive. I'm not.
20. I never saw myself with seven kids. Now, I couldn't live without any of you.

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30 Things My Children Should Know About Me

I got this idea from Jennifer @ Baby Making Machine.

The objective of this is to blog about 30 things my children should know about me. While the purpose of this list is to do one each day, I probably will not be doing one a day. I am never that organized. So, here's to hoping I can do them by February.

The entire list (with links to the corresponding post) can be found under my header by clicking on the 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me tab.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Social: It's Holiday Time

Sunday Social


1. What is your favorite holiday season tradition?
This has always been my favorite tradition ever since I was a little girl. But, I love to ride around and look at the Christmas lights displays. 
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2. Do you have a certain holiday movie you watch more than others? If so what is it?
I used to watch White Christmas with my mom when I was younger. It's always been one of my favorite movies. I even watch it when it's not Christmas season.

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3. Show us your favorite decoration or pinterest decoration you wish you could have.

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4. What is your favorite holiday song?
Carol of the Bells.


5. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I'm not big on desserts but I usually always have a slice of apple pie. I also love the homemade sugar cookies. The old style ones with sprinkles.
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6. What is on your wish list this year?
Trip back to Louisiana, preferably to stay. Or a maid. Or a Nanny. Or just some quiet time to myself....

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Goals

I had tried this a couple of years ago, but never stuck with it. So, here's my December 2012 goals.

December 2012 Goals

  1. Do better with time management for my school work.
  2. Write 21,500 words of my novel. (Click here to read more)
  3. Lose 12 pounds.
  4. Start saving money again for emergencies.
  5. Try one new recipe a week.
  6. Blog more consistently. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Lasagna Soup

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Not the best picture; taken with my cell phone. But, trust me, this is awesome tasting!


Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 green peppers, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp Sicilian seasoning
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 8 c. chicken stock
  • 16 oz. package raditore noodles
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
Directions:
  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add sausage and brown, breaking into small pieces. Add onions and green peppers and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Add garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and Sicilian seasoning. Cook for a minute or two. Add tomato paste, and stir well. Cook about 5 minutes until tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. DO NOT OVERCOOK OR SIMMER TOO LONG (noodles will become mushy if overcooked). 
  5. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Serve immediately.

Serving Size: 1 cup |  Makes: About 20 servings

Nutritional Information (per serving):
  • Calories: 338
  • Fat: 16.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 60.3 mg
  • Sodium: 1281.6 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 18.7 g
Linked up at:
Nap-Time Creations 
Mandy‘s Recipe Box Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays

Monday, November 26, 2012

Music Monday: I Cry

I am linking up with My So Called Chaos

This is currently my favorite song....



I Cry 

{Recorded by: Flo Rida}

I know
Caught up in the middle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
Oh no
Gave up on the riddle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go

[Flo Rida]
I know you wanna get behind the wheel Only 1 Rida
Eyes shut still got me swimming like a diver
Can't let go I got fans in Okinawa
My heart to japan quake losers and surviours
Norway no you didn't get my flowers
No way to sound better but the killer was a Coward
Face just showers, the minute in a hour
Heard about the news all day went sour
Lil mama got me feeling like a limit here
Put you in the box just the presidents cigarettes
Give em my regards or regardless I get arrested
Ain't worried about the killers just the young &
restless
Get mad coz the quarter million on my necklace
DUI never said I was driving reckless
You & I or jealously was not oppressive
Oh no I can't stop I was Destined

I know
Caught up in the middle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
Oh no
Gave up on the riddle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go...

I know
Caught up in the middle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
Oh no
Gave up on the riddle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go

[Flo Rida]
Champagne buckets still got two tears in it
And I put that on my tattoo of Jimi Hendrix
Get depressed coz the outfit all in it
Coz the press tell it all get a meal ticket
Clean next get a call just a lil visit
Sacrifice just to make a hit still vivid
Rihanna kiss you on ya neck just kill critics
Buggatti never when I'm rich, just god fearing
Look at me steering, got the bossing staring
Mr mike caren, tell his Billie Jeans
Im on another planet
Thank E-Class, Big Chuck or Lee Prince Perries
Buy my momma chandeliers on my tears dammit
Thirty years you had thought these emotions vanish
Tryna live tryna figure how my sister vanish
No cheers I know you wouldn't panic

I know
Caught up in the middle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
Oh no
Gave up on the riddle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go...

I know
Caught up in the middle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
Oh no
Gave up on the riddle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go

When I need a healing, I just look up to the ceiling
I see the sun coming down I know its all better now
(4x)

I know, I know, I know,I know, I i i, I think of
letting go

I know
Caught up in the middle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
Oh no
Gave up on the riddle
I cry, just a little
When I think of letting go
(2x)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Social: All About the 4's

1. Name four jobs you've had in your life.
    Waitress, Front Desk at a bowling alley, sheet metal technician and an EMT.

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.
    Gone With The Wind, The Twilight Saga, Steel Magnolias and The Blind Side.
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3. Name 4 places you have lived.
   Virginia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina
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Houma, Louisiana; the place I am desperately trying to get back to

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.
    Shrimp, Jambalaya, spaghetti, chicken marsala (ok, really anything cajun or italian)
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My homemade Jambalaya

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.
    My phone, money/debit card, lip gloss, compact mirror
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HTC EVO 4g lte except that I have a pink and white otterbox for it.

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.
    New York, Outer Banks NC, Albuquerque NM, Corpus Christi TX

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The view of Corpus Christi Bay from my hotel.


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Music Monday: Slipknot - Ughhhhhhh!


I am linking up with My So Called Chaos


Today's song is supposed to be a song from a band you hate. I absolutely hate Slipknot - always have and always will. I didn't even listen to the song to choose it because I haven't ever heard a song by them I like.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Rockstar, 4 Princesses and Batman!

Another Halloween is in the books. We had a no dresser, a rockstar, 4 princesses, and Batman. They 5 youngest had costumes that matched their new Build A Bears.

Carly as a Rockstar
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Caitie as Cinderella
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Charlee as Sleeping Beauty
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Chey Chey as Tinkerbell
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Courky as Tangled
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CJ as Batman
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Tina didn't dress up
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Caitie and Charlee
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Chey Chey and Courky
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Tina and Carly
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All the Kids
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