Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Our CodiaK bear

He certainly started out small...but now at only 10 months he's a whopping 24lbs!

I don't know this little guy that much yet, but I'm betting he's going to be so much fun. He's such a happy baby, it's easy to get a smile out of him. He's got two diva's for older sisters...little do they know he's going to give them a run for their money! Codey is my brother's boy and so far the only one who will carry on the Jerel E. Arnell name.(my father). He is the latest addition to our family and what a sweet one he is...he makes us 14.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My thoughts-I don't need your penny, they come this time for free.

I want to be able to be real. always.
never fake. i don't even want to fake a smile.
just accept me. accept yourself.
stop pretending to be someone else.
start fitting into your OWN life.
you'll find true happiness there.
friends aren't anything, family is everything.
listen to the music around you. apply it to your life.
look at nature for what it IS, not what it can be.
find someTHING to love, not always someONE.
become successful, without money $0.00.
live in the moment, not in the future.
don't hold grudges.
your mistakes do not define you. they tell you who you're not.
when you fail. smile. hold your head high.
spare your life to save someone else's.
stop judging. you only make yourself look stupid.
love anyone who is worthy of your love.
realize when something is truly beautiful.
make a wish. make it real. anything can happen.
this is ME. whoever I want to be.

-hollie K.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Melanoma Cell

I wish I could give my sister the perfect life. I see that she sometimes struggles, and I can't help but want more for her. She has such a light about her, she's so silly and so sweet. She's got a heart of gold.
I wish I could be more like her. I will say that she's the one of us three that never cut the apron strings. I blame her for my parents wondering why I don't come around that often. Her and I are exactly ten years apart and despite the years strangers always thought we were twins. Weirdos.
I am working on gaining a better relationship with her. She means so much to me and I will do anything to show her that. I love you Mellybell, you are so beautiful.

They say having a sister is like having a best friend around for your whole life.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Iclean4aliving aka Eileen

My Mom is everything to me. I'd have to say that I'm not a whole lot like her, but I'd like to think that I inherited my kind and caring heart from her. Her and I both have felt its more of a curse than a gift but all the same, it's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, right?
My sweet Mom has had her own cleaning business for 20 years now! (hence the nickname) For me it was a blessing that she ran her own business, she was able to take me to school and pick me up everyday. In the world we live in, that makes a lot of difference in a child's life. It was also fortunate for me, because I was able to help her while I was going through highschool here and there to earn an extra buck.
She also gave me my Greek temper and passion for life. Her parents are of Greek heritage, her Grandmother, my great-Grandmother also the woman I am named after (Katina), was an immigrant from Greece. Its fun during Lambros' gatherings and holidays to experience traditions and food that are out of the "norm." I love her for it. She's always teaching the kiddies silly Greek words-she always makes them laugh.
My mother has always had a nature of understanding. I can't remember a time when I haven't been able to turn to her and pour my heart out without judgement or ridicule.

Thank you for everything Mom, you'll always be my number one. I love you.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Boozehound Breezer

I've decided to start a series of posts about my family members. If you notice the title and think...what the? Don't worry, I'll explain.
One thing I've always loved about my family is that we rarely call one another by name. We've got a list of nicknames for each member and I find that definately more personal. Each nickname wasn't picked from a hat, it came on its own based on the characterisitics of the person involved.
Boozehound Breezer aka Cambree is by far one of the cutest little girls in the world. Beg to differ? I'll kill you. Anyway she's four years old and full of life. From before the time she was brought into this world we've had a connection. My brother and his wife kindly asked me if they could use my middle name for their unborn daughters middle name; needless to say I was very flattered.
She has blossomed into a sweet, funny, and lovable little girl. I pray that she always views me as her 'favorite aunt' and nothing less.
She's tough enough to want to hunt with her Daddy, but girlie enough to kick ass at her dance recital. God, I love this little girl.