Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Be a smarty...join my PARTY! It's SITStacular

OH MY WHERRRRD!  This can't possibly be happening, can it?  Is it REALLY my turn?  I umm, I hardly even know where to start.  What am I talking about? WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?  Well none other than...

It's my SITS day y'all!  Don't know what SITS is?  Well go check it out HERE.  Really and truly, greatest site ever.  I have met some of my favorite and BEST bloggers there.

I believe the actual e-mail exchange went a little something like this.
SITS: We'd like to let you know that Sept. 1 is your featured blogger day.
ME:  I'm dying, I'm dying, I'm DYING!!! You can use whatever you want from my blog.  This is the greatest thing ever, and have I mentioned that I'm DYING!!!!!!

A little overboard?  Perhaps.  But, THAT is ME!  My Mom likes to say I have a flare for the Dramatic.  Which would explain why I majored in Music Theatre performance, and I met my husband looking like this:

I had him at Bali Hai


Welcome, welcome all of you to my humble little corner of the blogosphere.  Try not to be put off by my premade template and lack of buttons and such.  I promise I'm good times Charlie around here.  If you want to laugh, you want to enjoy good kid stories, hilarious pics and walks down memory lane, occassional deep thoughts...then stick around for awhile.

My name is Allyson, I'm married to Jer and we have 2 fabulously funny and cute kiddos that keep us hoppin.  I get the privilege of being a stay at home Mom, but also I teach voice lessons 2 days a week, I'm directing Oliver at the community college RIGHT NOW, watch my sisters daughter every day, and just in general try to keep my sanity. Of course there is MUCH more to ME.  Jer is a full time student, actor, teacher and Daddy.  I s'pose to some we can seem a little unconventional, but it works for us.


This is Maggie....she's the PRINCESS!


And this is Max....he's my Bubbers!



I write this blog to document the daily doings of life in my madhouse.  I want to remember my kids cuteness and silliness, and frustrating-ness.  I write to clear my head.  I write to make you laugh.  I write for FUN.  And hopefully you'll enjoy the ride with me.

They say I can only give you 3 of my favorites to look at. They SAY to be concise.  CLEARLY, I struggle at THAT (But in my defense...if my template was wider, my posts would not seem AS long).  Good hell, they may as well ask me to enjoy a poop pancake.  How to pick just 3.  So, after careful consideration and questioning of my peeps, here ya go.  Have fun, enjoy, get to know me a little better.

Keeping it REAL with Toddlers.
Observations at The GYM.
Happenings at Cullen Manor.

I hope you enjoy.  And if you do, please, pull up a chair and let's be friends.  I promise to get back to each of you for just making the effort to stop in.

Pssssst, hey, if it sweetens the deal at all. I'm a really GREAT commentor. 

Extra credit to those who click on the  Bali Hai link and comment on Jers blog.  He's new to all of this and wants more than 9 lil followers.


Parties and play dates,

Allyson

123 comments:

LambAround said...

*GASP!* Am I really the 1st person to comment? Really?? I feel so special (and will feel so silly after submitting this and reading that you have turned on comment moderation!) I'm happy to see that you are the featured blogger toda...er..tomorrow :p
However will you get through the day knowing that there are so many comments waiting to be read??

Lamb’s Most Recent Post: Divorce Smorce. I Guess We’ll Stay Together

Kristina P. said...

That is funny, as I'm Skyping with Tiffany from SITS right now. I will tell her hello and how excited you are. And I am thrilled for you, my friend!!

Ari said...

YAY!!! Happy blog day to yooouuu! Yours is one of my favorites to read...you and the skinnified food one I follow of course haha. PS: Someone needs to bake you a cake for your special day. Or cookies. Every special day needs dessert. ♥

The Bipolar Diva said...

woooo-hoooooo! SITS! Way to go girl!

Cheryl D. said...

Happy SITS Day! How exciting! Have a great time!

Erin said...

Happy SITS day! Your blog is adorable!

misssrobin said...

Congratulations! May today bring you many new followers and much comment love.

Enjoy the spotlight.

Donna said...

Happy SITS day - that's how I found you.

Voice lessons? Well, I live in the Middle East, but if you're ever out this way, maybe you can stop by and give me some lessons? I'm a horrible singer, and I always wish I could at least sing "happy birthday."

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Stopping by from SITS for your feature day! What a precious beautiful family. Hope it's a great day for ya!!

mjrodriguez said...

Just visiting from SITS. Congratulations on being featured today. Interesting posts you have. I especially loved your observations at the gym because they are truly accurate. LOL.

heather@actingbalanced.com said...

Congratulations on being featured! You've certainly got a busy and colorful blog, which I love :) ... which means I'm your newest follower :)

Jo said...

My, what a happy gal you seem to be -- I'm digging it!

As a former SITS featured blogger, I'll give you some unsolicited advice to make this day even more fun and stress free -- as it ought to be: I wanted to write each and EVERY person back who commented and in attempting to do so, found myself THREE days later STILL trying to accomplish this task. I got further and further behind in blog and in life and finally just ended up writing a 'mea culpa' post; I did my best...I'm sorry...my bad?

So, just relax and enjoy your day bloggers-guilt-free. We know you appreciate your readers -- as I do mine -- and you will find that all people really want is for you to be happy and enjoy your day in the spotlight.

With all that said (phew!) I'll quit being verbose now and simply tell you that your family is quite lovely and it's a pleasure to see someone enjoying what they do in life.

Wishing you many more happy times -- in and out of blogverse.

End of soliloquy. :D

Peace and serenity,
~Jo
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

nmaha said...

Congratulations. You are a normal mommy blogger. We tend to get hyper about such things :-)

I love the homeliness of your blog. It's tempting me to get a cuppa and sit down to browse.

Enjoy your special day.

Libby said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!

I love that you're a musical theatre nerd. And that your marriage involved South Pacific. :-D

Emma said...

Yay for your SITS day! Just dropping by to say Hi. I love that you are so happy and obviously appreciative of the beautiful family that you have. Off to have a look around! Have a great day! x

Untypically Jia said...

Happy SITS day! I can't wait to browse around your blog!

Simoney said...

I am smiling now. Your post and your fun-ness have made me smile. My back is aching and all I wanted to do was to just give the FB a cursory glance and then go slob on the couch... but you made me go and smile, darn you!!
I think I like you.
You had me at... "Sits Day".
Ahhh I'm just gonna have to go and follow you. Especially if you are a really great commenter. I mean, who doesn't want to be friends with a really great commenter??
Hi, I'm Simone from New Zealand. And I'm your newest fan.
Please to meet ya.
And happy SITS Day from DownUnder!

Angie - The Work at Home Wife said...

You are hilarious, girl! What an exciting, busy family life you have. I bet there is never a dull moment in your house.

Enjoy your SITS Day!

Sunday said...

My word I love a funny blogger! Your post had me cracking up...the "poop pancake" was PRICELESS!

Enjoy your awesome SITS Day! You certainly earned it!

BJ_Mama said...

This is THE BEST welcome from a Sitsta on her Feature Day I have EVER read! No lie.
Love you already....Following you now...and can't wait to learn more about you! :)

the shoafs said...

okay....so i'm a little miffed that all yer new sitstah's have swooped in and i didn't get my usual first place in the comment section....but still YAY FOR YOU!!! i hope you love every second of this day....you rock, you rock, you ROCK and everyone is gonna luuuuuuuurve you :) happy SITS day, my misspelled friend...enjoy!!!

the shoafs said...

p.s....i APPROVE of the post title change! sitstacular?? fabu!!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Hi Allyson,
It's so nice to meet you from SITS. I don't think I've ever come across a blogger who is a singer/actress/director/SAHM, so it's going to be fun reading about your adventures! By the way, I totally agree with you about gyms. I no longer work out at the night club, I mean gym, because I'm terrified of that whole "look at me, I'm fine" vibe. :)

"Queen" Vic said...

Happy SITS day!
I love your blog (and your devotion to keeping it up!!)

Keep up the great work!

Tractor Mom said...

Happy SITS Day!! I can't wait to start reading about your family! I love musicals and God Bless you for directing Oliver! All those kiddos would drive me crazy!

I'll be following...

Come by when you can...

www.frugaltractormom.blogspot.com

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

Happy SITS Day! I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your kids are adorable!

kat said...

Happy SITS day. Your family is beautiful and you're so funny!

Steffany813 said...

Happy SITS Day! Once again I have found an awesome blog thanks to SITS. You have a beautiful family. Feel free to check me out at www.steffany813.blogspot.com and I look forward to following your blog!

LBDDiaries said...

I can tell this is going to be a great blog to dig into this morning for breakfast! Let me go get my coffee so i can settle in and read some postings!!

Alana, Author of Domestically Challenged said...

Congrats and Happy SITS day!! :) Hope you enjoy - off to look around! :)

Alana, Author of Domestically Challenged said...

Whoa. And you're from AZ? ASU fans? AWESOME! I grew up in Mesa...

Karin said...

Happy SITS Day! You're blog is so much fun and your family is adorable!

Karin said...

Happy SITS Day! You're blog is so much fun and your family is adorable!

Kmama said...

Happy SITS day! Your kids are adorable!

Michelle said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Hope you have a good one - peace. ;)

Michelle @ greenearthbazaar.com

Natalie said...

Congrats on the feature my friend!! I'm so glad everybody's gonna find out how great your blog is!

Lindsey said...

Happy SITS day! I think your blog template is cute. I use a bottled one, too... no worries. It is nice getting to know you a bit better. Off to read about your toddlers!

Nicole said...

You are hilarious, love your writing style!

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Allyson!!!!! Congratulations on your SITS day - I am SO SUPER EXCITED, you don't even know! SITS day is awesome. I remember mine with a fondness I reserve only for special things, like the births of children. :)

You go girl!!

Julie M. said...

Have a party, it's your SITS day! Congrats on making it to your special day, you have a great blog and I can't wait to poke around a bit more. I'll stop by Jers blog too. He needs at least one more follower so he can join the double digits club! :)

Julia said...

congrats on your SITS day!!! so fun that you met your hubs the way you did!! how fun! First time here, but I'm looking forward to getting to know you!!

The Atomic Mom said...

I really should get those Edwin Drood pix scanned....thems winners! Then next time you can talk about how we never were roommates.

:)

Liz said...

Happy SITS day, Allyson! I love seeing a familiar face for SITS days!

bj said...

Happy happy SITS Day. Enjoy all the bloggy love..and you don't have to write me back. I know you will have so many comments...just enjoy them.

Jennifer said...

Congrats on your SITS day! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! We can hold hands and jump and down together. You seem like the type! LOL

Mandi Miller said...

Your kids are ADORABLE! Congratulations on your SITS Day! You are so excited... it makes me even more excited for you!!! I can "see" your excitement through your writing!!
I'm off to read Keeping it Real with Toddlers!

Dorkys Ramos said...

Enjoy your SITS day in the sun! You have such a beautiful family and I LOVE that picture of when you met your husband. You guys look like fun :p

MKS said...

Happy SITS day! I love blogs that actually let me get to know the author instead of just posting about giveaways all day. What a great blog!

Sarah said...

New follower here from SITS! Love the blog!

Grams said...

Dropping in from SITS to help you celebrate your SITS day. My kids are grown now and let's just say I'm 50-something, but we clearly have a lot in common. My kids swore, my skin is that fair easy-to-hickey red-head's skin, and anyone who faithfully does their workout and then eats chocolate is a kindred spirit. Enjoy your SITS day!

criticalcrass said...

happy sitsday!

lifeaintalwaysbeautiful-blog.blogspot.com said...

Happy Sits Day. You have two beautiful kiddos. I really love the look of your blog. Adding you to my list. =)

~ Missy

Shileen @ The Wonder Woman Challenge said...

Hey there! Just popping in from SITS! Beautiful blog!! ... beautiful family! Love your style of writing. Thanks for letting us get to know you a little and for giving us a sneak peak into your life. Have a great SITS day!! =)

Jenny said...

Congrats on your day. I have "bumped" into your blog a time or two. Very well-deserved day for you, young lady!!!

Jenny

Jill said...

Oh my gosh! You are hilarious. Congrats on your big day! And your blog is fabulously adorable too.

Love the Decor! said...

Congrats to you on being Sits queen for a day!!
I just had mine and was blown away by the comments and compliments! May you feel as blessed today. I am glad to meet you : )

Jean Has Been Shopping said...

Oh goodness, I love your layout. It isn't cookie-cutter/generic at all.
Can't wait to dig into your fav. 3 posts. Enjoy your day!

More Than A Mom said...

Congratulations on your SITS day. Your blog is awesome!

It's Something Beautiful said...

Congrats on your big day! Wayy too exciting :) Love your blog btw, newest follower!

www.life-itssomethingbeautiful.blogspot.com

Lamonica said...

Congratulations on your SITS Day! There's nothing wrong with your template. I think it looks great.

http://mimirosesjourney.blogspot.com/

Helen Hanson said...

Your gym post reminded me why I exercise at home! It takes courage to sweat in public! Happy SITS day!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

What a cute blog, happy SITS day!

Carrie said...

Happy SITS day! You all are so cute! Can't wait to read more!

Star Forbis said...

Cute Blog! Congrats on being featured today. I can relate to you on many levels, I live right here in Gilbert & have had my Thyroid removed with cancer. I was a stay at home mom for over 18 years! (I've recently became a working mom!) It's nice to "meet" you. :)

Jen said...

Happy SITS day from Boston!

Daisy said...

Happy SITS day! I love theater folks -- our babysitter is a newly minted theater grad and it makes for so much fun. Her creativity and energy astound me. Now here is a question for you as a voice instructor. Can those of us who seem truly, truly tone-deaf ever get over it?

Kate said...

Happy SITS day! Congrats on being featured!

Hello! I'm Kate. said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR SITS DAY!!!!! I hope you have a great day!

Fire Wife Katie said...

Yay!! Happy SITS Day!! I love it when I recognize a blog that's being featured. :D

Young Wife said...

Congratulations on your SITS Day! You have a beautiful family.

PatriciaD said...

Congrats!! How EXCITING for you!! I love seeing picts of such a beautiful family. Have a great day and enjoy all your fun, fun comments.
Love the black hair post and I feel your pain.

TornadoTwos said...

Congrats on being today's FB! I was so excited when I saw it was a blog I recognized. Those are beautiful pictures of your children, I LOVE your daughter's dress!

Margaret Almon said...

Happy SITS Day! I knew good things came out of musical theater!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!
Enjoy your day!
I'm so happy for you! :)
B

Rosemarie said...

Happy SITS day! Your children are precious and your husband's blog is hysterical! Love it!

WhisperingWriter said...

Happy SITS Day to you!

Beautiful children!

I also have a daughter who feels that she is a princess. She loves dresses that twirl.

Lindsay said...

Lovin' it! Happy SITS Day to ya! BTW your kids are too cute.

Enjoy your day.

Teisha said...

Happy SITS day!
I also have a snarky little one - she's four going on 17 and I fear for my sanity every day of my life!

Sarah said...

Happy day to you! I hope you enjoy the day. It's been fun reading your blog. :)

Amy @ babybabylemon said...

Happy SITS day! Can't wait to check out more of your blog.

KellyGrrl said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!!! Congratulations!!! Your kids are adorable :-) Can't wait to take a peek around...

Susie said...

Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you are enjoying your day in the sun:-)

Grace said...

I love it when the SITS girl of the day is someone I already know! Congratulations! And I love the first date pic of you and Jer. Awesome!

Grace said...

I love it when the SITS girl of the day is someone I already know! Congratulations! And I love the first date pic of you and Jer. Awesome!

Melanie said...

Congrats on your special SITS day! I live in AZ too, you're right around the corner, how crazy :)!

I loved your circa 86 pic. yeah, my bangs were pretty much looking like that too. We called it the poofie-doo. Ha, ha!!

Evelyn said...

Happy SITS Day! Your blog is a *hoot* to read, and your little ones are cheek-pinchingly adorable.

Lucy said...

Cute blog title and gorgeous children. Off to read your observations at the gym!

Losing Brownies said...

Another AZ momma! I love reading blogs, especially those who can relate to anything Arizona related!

Steph said...

Happy SITS Day! Your keeping it real with toddlers post cracked me up, down to the beloved costco smiley face receipt. Enjoy your day, dangit!

scrapwordsmom said...

LOL! Being a theater person myself I love what you and your hubby do:) And I don't care if your blog is a template...mine is, too;)

Cute kiddo's!!

Leslie

elianefilho said...

Happy SITS Day! Your Blog is great I will be back 2 read more often Blesses

Clarksongirl said...

Happy SITS day!

Nikki said...

Congrats! I totally love a blog that makes me giggle. Thanks for coming by to see me! Oh, and I'm following!

ApronTails said...

Happy SITS day! I read your I AM post and wow, very impactful I really plan to take a moment to look at my life even just for the opportunity to get to know myself better. What a brave soul you are to be true to yourself. Best of luck with your goals. way to go on the triathalon, btw!

Joy said...

I love your sense of humor! Your a riot. By the way, I am guilty of teaching my daughter her first swear word. I told her I was saying SIT. Now I get to not live it down. EVER. My husband loves to tell people that I taught her her first naughty word. You have a beautiful family!

anniebakes said...

happy sits day, girl! enjoy the day. love your blog!

anne
www.anniebakes.net

Denise said...

Way to go Allison, this is crazy!!!

Michelle said...

Happy SITS day! Enjoy your day in the spotlight. I had mine last March and it was fabulous.

JoJo said...

Congrats on your SITS day! I love your blog design and you have a beautiful family!

Amanda said...

oh congrats on your SITS day. love this cute blog! this post made me laugh numerous times. your littles are pretty darn cute too!

jen said...

One hundred comments? Wow. And 122 followers? Double wow. And will you remember me when you hit it big?
And are you feeling better?
And are you coming to Institute tomorrow?
And I'll visit Jere, you know I will.

JerBear said...

Wow Babe! You're a rockstar!! 101 comments!?! AND, you got me THREE more followers - I went from 9 to 12!!! =) Thanks lover!!

OMG! Yummy said...

Congrats on your SITS day! You are very funny. The Cullen post cracked me up. If I just touch my skin anywhere near my neck, it turns bright red. I find people looking at me and asking what's wrong as though I've just broken out into a contagious rash and then realize that I've just touched my neck ever so slightly and all of a sudden I'm a red mess.

Will be coming back for more laughs.

Dixie Dixon said...

Allyson, check it! You have officially arrived. I still don't quite understand this whole SITS thing, but clearly it is working for you. Remember when you were jealous of my blog because I had like 8 comments. HAHAHAHAHA! You are the woman! Where are your sponsors? Coming in any day I assume. :)

Aimee @ Ain't Yo Mama's Blog said...

What an adorable family! I love how you met your husband. Cute! Hope you're enjoying your SITS day!

-Aimee

Quasi Serendipita said...

Congratulations on your SITS day! How wonderful to direct Oliver - it's one of my favourite musicals and the first show I ever took part in at school.

alexis said...

Yay for you Allyson! I'm so happy for you, you've always been so awesome with commenting and taking the time to show the love to other bloggers, and you more than deserve this. Enjoy your day in the spotlight and I hope you'll still read my blog when you're famous! ;)

Kim said...

I hope your day's been great. You are the cutest family.

Laurel said...

Oh I think the template is cute! Thanks for some smilin' in my day.

Jenn Erickson said...

Congratulations on your SITS day Allyson! You have an adorable family! I'm a mommy of a Max too! Looking forward to reading your featured posts and more...

Your newest follower, Jenn/Rook No. 17

April said...

Happy SITS day! I've visited your blog before and it is fabulous!

She'sWrite said...

Congrats on your SITS day! I love your blog and your writing voice. How fun! Keep up the great work!

Jennifer Haas said...

Congrats on your SITS day! I love your blog, it is so cute!! I write about just about the same things as you. You will have to check out my blog, especially on Thursday's when I post Things Kids Say. I hope you can link up, I bet your kids say the funniest things!!!

I am a new follower too!

Diva said...

Congratulations on your SITS Day!!!

HunDuddle Hussy said...

oh my gosh. i wanna hear u in person and enjoy ur voice. i can almost hear it through ur blog. it's awesome.

classycareergirl said...

I love your personality! And your kids are adorable. Congrats on your SITS day! YAY!

DianD said...

I guess "Ditto" to everything the others have said will work! :) Congrats and enjoy and sometime, take a nap! :)

sotheywillalwaysremember said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Love your blog, and your kids are absolutely darling! I am officially a follower now!

Design It Chic said...

Hi Allyson, I am your newest follower and i came here from SITS! I would love to see you by my blog;)
Also don't forget, if you need any help increasing your blog's traffic or easy HTML tips, you know where to come!
Today we have an amazing giveaway: two custom blog banners, so come on by to sign in and take a brand new blog banner home! Happy Thursday!

Jill said...

Sorry I'm a day behind, but I'm glad I took a few minutes to catch up because your blog rocks! I LOVE your personable writing style and all the photos. A great feature post, for sure!

Eve said...

Happy, happy SITS Day!

Thanks for the visit.
Yes, We were in AZ for about 6 years - we bought our first house in Goodyear when there was practically nothing there, then moved out to Gilbert during that crazy house buying boom, then left for Oregon just before everything went crazy and fell apart in the housing market (hmm... I just realized that I seem to be tracking my life by the economy - lol).
We do move often... we're also foster parents: our lives are never on any sort of schedule, and rarely organized. ;) But we love it. We enjoy the thrill of each new adventure - every move brings us a new areas to hike, new museums to view; and every new kid brings us a new series of discoveries and smiles and traditions.
We're actually in a bit of a slump lately - we somehow managed to circle back to a town we've already lived in, so we are especially looking forward to our next move! ;)

I'm enjoying your blog - and talk of AZ always brings back great memories for me!

See Mom Smile said...

congrats on your day! What a fun, fun thing. So sorry it was followed by sadness.

Holly said...

Better late than never...I hope! Whew! I am was stuck under a pile of work and missed a lot...just wanted to say happy sits day!