Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Rosy Little Sis, Maria Rose!

Maria Rose Bullington

Hello! Wow, I can't believe I am blogging 3 days in a row! :D I really enjoy blogging and when I can think of something to post, I love it! Hope everyone is having a great Sunday!

Today is my little sis', Maria Rose's turn. She was born June 10, 1998. She was the first child born by a midwife, she was the first to be born before her due date (by two days), the first to not like a pacifier and the first to be called by her first and middle names. My mama LOVED Maria Rose put together and she wanted her to be called that. She would always correct us when we just called Maria, and she didn't like other people doing that. Over the years we have called her Rose for short or Rosie. Mama used to say she was her little rosebud. :)

Maria Rose has always had a more independent spirited personality. She loves to laugh and have a good time. She is so sweet & loving and has such a kind heart. She is kind of shy at first when you meet her, but after she warms up she is very friendly and outgoing.

She was the first baby I really remember helping take care of. She was born when I was 9 years old. I remember when we moved when she was a baby I was the babysitter. I kind of had mixed feelings about that since I was missing from all the action(moving things). But I held her, entertained her and kept her company. That is one of my first vivid memories of her as a baby.

When my mom became pregnant with James Greg, Maria Rose was still sleeping with my parents. So Mama and I had to wean her out of their bedroom and into mine and Carla's. We set up a toddler bed for her to sleep in, but where did she sleep every night? With Carla and me! :D But we didn't mind. :) Later on she shared a room with Mandy. Maria Rose and Mandy have always been close since they are close in age like Carla and I are.

Maria Rose always shared my love of cats. Once I had this cat named Prissy and she would suck on the inside of your hand between your thumb and pointer finger. For a long time she would only do it to mine and Maria Rose's hand. She then started sucking my mom's hand. Those were the only three people she ever did it to. My mom also loved cats, too. Guess that's where we got the love for them.

I also remember once when we were little, we were playing outside one evening. My parents were working in the garden we had, and Carla and I were playing with Mandy and Maria Rose in the dirt/sand we had in the drive way. Ground bees started buzzing around us and Carla, Mandy and I ran screaming. Maria Rose was a toddler, and we left her there playing in the dirt. Mama and Daddy came running and Mama scolded us for leaving Maria Rose with bees flying around her. Guess we got what we deserved because we were all stung except Maria Rose. So if I have never apologized for that Maria Rose, I apologize now. :)

If you are reading this Maria Rose, I want you to know that you one of the best sisters a girl could ever ask for. I always love to see your smiling, radiant face. You are so sweet and kind! I pray for you every day that God show you how much I love you! I miss you so much and I love you even more. You will always be my little rosebud, too!
I love you,

Paige and Maria Rose July/2009

Paige and Maria Rose July/2009

Paige and Maria Rose July/2009

Maria Rose and Paige January/2010

Paige and Maria Rose January/2010

Maria Rose and Paige August/2008

Maria Rose and Paige April/2006

Maria Rose June/1999- Her 1st Birthday!

Maria Rose

Maria Rose- such a cutie pie! :D

Maria Rose- Easter

Maria Rose in her jammies :)

Mandy and Maria Rose- Two Cuties! :)

Maria Rose (Either 2005 or 2006)

Maria Rose with my cat, Prissy!

Maria Rose posing for the camera. (2005 or 2006)

Maria Rose at my second wedding ceremony October/2007

Maria Rose August/2008

Paige, Carla, Jared, Mandy and Maria Rose- Dressed up for a Valentines party at church.

Mama, Paige, Carla, Jared, Mandy, Maria Rose and James Greg on vacation in Pensacola, Florida.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Sis, Mandy!

Mandy Anne Bullington

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday! Today I am continuing my posts about my siblings with the next one in line, Mandy. It's about time I did so because she asked me once why I haven't blogged about her since I blogged about Carla and Maria Rose in the past. I told her that I needed a reason to post about something, but I have to come to realize it doesn't matter. It's my blog so I can post about anything I want and whenever I want. :) So I apologize Mandy that I haven't posted about you until now.

My sis, Mandy Anne was born February 7, 1995. She is the only one named after my mom. My mom's middle name was Anne. Mandy has always had her own unique personality. When she was little I wasn't as close to her since I was several years older and Carla was more my age. We always referred to Mandy, Maria Rose and James Greg as the "little ones". But since she has grown, I have become much closer to her. In fact all my siblings are growing up too fast! I can't believe she will be sixteen in a few months, blows my mind.

Mandy at our cousin's wedding.

When Mandy was little she had some funny quirks about her. She loved to collect paper, we called her a little pack rat. She probably doesn't want me to share this information, but I'm going to haha. What are big sisters for? LOL! All her little purses would be stuffed with random papers and we would have to clean out her room once in awhile when she wasn't there. When she was little she also did not like the toilet. The reason being once it had stopped up and the water overflowed when it was flushed. That scared her so badly. We would ask her why she was afraid of the toilet, and she would say, "it went up and down, up and down" while demonstrating for us with her hands. :) For a long time she would freak out when she had to go to a new bathroom because of the toilet.

When she was little she was scared of a lot of things. She did not like lullaby's, she would start crying if she heard one being sung. She got a baby doll once that sang a lullaby and she hated that doll. She also didn't like the baby mobile above the baby bed being played. I think maybe they sounded sad and she didn't like that. She also LOVED Precious Moments and Winnie the Pooh.

Mandy riding her bike.

She also took after my mom, Carla and me with reading. We are bookworms and she is one, too. Mama would also ask us a lot to scratch her back, and Mandy was always willing to do it. Mama would tease Carla and me saying that Mandy was her princess for scratching her back. That would get on our nerves, but Mama only did it to tease us. She never picked favorites out of her children. Mandy also loved to play dress-up when she was little. She would always have on something, a tiara, plastic high heel shoes, jewelry, princess gloves, dresses, etc. It didn't matter what it was, she loved to always have something pretty on.

Mandy standing in front of the Christmas tree. December/2004

I remember the day Mama died, I found Mandy on the front porch by herself crying. I sat down with her, talking to her about Mama and all what had gone on. We sat there with each other, crying and comforting each other. That's a memory I will never forget and will always cherish.

Mandy in front of an old car. July/2009

Mandy is such a loving, caring girl. She is also very smart, and I'm so proud she is my sister. She is very easy-going and loves to laugh and have a good time. She is not afraid to speak her mind, and that is an awesome personality trait. Mandy if you are reading this, I want you to know that I love you so much! I pray everyday that God show you how much I love you. I'm also sorry if I hurt you by moving out, I didn't mean to do that. You are one of the best sisters a girl could ever ask for. You mean so much to me, and I would do anything for you. If you ever need to talk, I am here. I miss you so much and can't wait to see you again. I will love you forever!
I love you,

Mandy and me reading together.

Mandy and me.

Mandy and me July/2009

Mandy and me July/2009

Easter of 95 or 96. Carla, Jared, Mandy and me.

Carla, Mandy and me Christmas of 1995.

Jared, Carla, Maria Rose, Mandy, James Greg and me. Sometime in 2000.

Friday, October 29, 2010

My Brother, Jared

My brother, Jared Bill Bullington!

Hello! Sorry it's been a few days since my last post. My original idea was to post about each of my siblings every day this week, but I got sick so that didn't happen. I don't get sick much, but when I do it puts me down for a few days. It's just a really bad cold, it's just annoying to feel bad. But I wanted to go ahead and post about my brother, Jared. I am going in age order if you didn't know. :)

My brother, Jared Bill was born on February 25, 1993. He was born two weeks before a blizzard which is really rare for Georgia. But of course it would happen when my parents had a newborn. Lol. My brother and I have had our ups and downs through the years, but I love him very much and would do anything for him. Just before writing this post, I was looking through pictures trying to find some of Jared and me and I kept thinking about so many wonderful memories of him, my siblings and me growing up together. Since my family has most of the pictures I don't really have any pics of Jared and me, but I will post some of him growing up. And of course I will share some great memories! :)

Jared, growing up, was all boy. Meaning, that he loved to be outdoors, hunt, fish, build things, etc. All things boys like to do. Jared and I were a lot alike back then. We adored Native Americans and collected Native American things. I remember once when Carla, Jared and I begged Mama if we could stay up from nap that day so we could make a surprise. :) She finally agreed to let us stay up and after she, Mandy, Maria Rose, and James Greg went to sleep we got to work. Every year we always loved to go to the local Indian Pow-wow, and we decided to make one of our own. Jared and I took all the Native American memorabilia out of our rooms and set it up on tables. We also built a small teepee and fire. Carla and I made tickets for everyone and also made refreshments and drinks. After Mama and my other siblings got up from nap, we gave them the grand tour. We were so proud of it, and I remember Mama saying she was actually impressed with what we did. :)

I also remember Jared, Carla and me in the woods building huts. :) Sometimes only Jared and I would go out on our adventures. I was more tomboy than I am now. I loved fishing, hunting, building huts, camping out, etc. with Jared. I remember once when we decided to camp out and live off the land for a night. Our brilliant plan was to catch fish and fry fried green tomatoes for supper. We went fishing in the creek down below our house and we caught some minnows which are tiny fish. We went in the garden and picked a few green tomatoes. Jared taught me how to clean fish and I tried to make fried green tomatoes without any flour haha. We ate the fish (roasted over our fire), but of course the tomatoes were not tasty. Later that night we were hungry so went into the garden, picked some ripe tomatoes this time, and sat at our tent eating tomatoes to satisfy our hunger. :) For breakfast we decided to go back to the house and eat. Lol!

When I became about 15/16 we grew apart for two or three years. We were always fighting and tattling on each other. I don't know what happened, but that was not a fun time. But thankfully we got over that small stage. When Mama was sick, Jared, Carla and me helped my dad a lot on the house he was building. Jared was always a big help to my dad. Jared is also the one who can make me laugh when no one can. He has always had that ability. He has a very humorous side to him if he chooses to let it show. Now when I talk to him, we talk "electronics". He is very talented with anything electronic, and has helped me on some occasions. We also keep up to date with new movies, new books, new music.

Jared and I are the only ones in my family who has red hair. My mama told me once she didn't want children with red hair because she was afraid they would have the "orange-red" hair, and she didn't like that. Her first child (me) was born with red hair lol and her third child, Jared was born with red hair. Jared's was always a little bit lighter than me, but red none-the-less. Jared and I also had the same last two initials until I got married of course. His initials are JBB and mine were (my maiden name) PBB. We always liked that and would put that on gifts we would give to each other. :)

Jared, if you are reading this I want to let you know that you mean so much to me. I pray for you everyday, and I would do anything for you. If you ever need anything, please don't ever feel like you can't come to me. I know how that feels and I don't want any of you to feel like you don't have the freedom of talking to someone and being afraid of getting into trouble. You are one of the best brothers a sister could ever ask for. Always keep me laughing and you will always be my red headed buddy. :)
I love you,

Jared with his little cowboy boots on.

Jared kissing Mama's hand. Mama always wanted her sons to be gentlemen so when Jared was little she would say, "be a gentlemen" and he would kiss her hand. :D

Jared in his Native America clothes.

Jared with his first deer he killed. I think he was nine.

Jared and me moving a shelf my dad built into my little sister's room. Jared's pretending he is stuck. :) Back in 2005-2006.

My siblings and me at my grandparents house. It was sometime in 2001-2002 I think.

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Sissy, Carla!

Paige and Carla

Hello my dear friends and family! I am going to TRY and post something on both of my blogs at least once a week. Since I have blogs, I need to blog regularly. I will try my best to do that. My posts might be random, but I always post what is on my heart and mind. Tonight I am missing someone who I love so much. It's my sister, Carla. I know I have blogged about her in the past, but I'm going to do it again. I miss all my siblings and love them so much. I also miss my dad, too. I love them all! Since I don't want to leave anyone out I am going to post about all of my siblings this week. So here goes...

My sister, Carla and I are three years apart in age. I was born in April of 1988 and she was born in April of 1991. She has always been my best friend, we were inseparable growing up. Since we were close in age we did everything together. Before she was born I had my own room, but then after she was born I haven't my had own room since then haha. And I loved that. We always shared a room, and we would have to rearrange about once a month lol. :) I find myself to this day, when arranging my house, wishing Carla were with me helping me. We were always a great team. Of course we had our sisterly arguments/fights like everyone has. But we always loved each other so much. When were little she was always my playmate, and I still remember some of those games we would make up and play with our baby dolls and Barbies. They might be silly, but they are wonderful memories!

Even when we became teenagers we stayed so close. A lot of the time when we walked around we would walk with our arms draped over each other. I remember being out in public sometimes and people would guess who was older and they always picked Carla. I didn't like it at that time because I liked being older. :) But now I know who will look younger longer haha. :) Just joking!

Today we are still close but not like it used to be. Some have told me that we are just living different chapters in our lives, but I don't care. I will always love her and consider her one of my very best, best friends! It doesn't matter to me that we live in separate states, or what we are doing, we can still be close. I really think I have hurt her in the past, and I am not quite sure she is 100% over it. I have apologized for hurting her or leaving her alone to fill a spot she shouldn't have had to have filled. I never wanted to hurt anyone, especially not my family. I don't think what I did was wrong, it just hurt extra because of what my family had to go through. I moved out when I turned 18 and that's not a strange concept. People do it everyday. But my family and I were experiencing a difficult circumstance, one no one wanted to go through. I made my decision based on what I had to do but I was not trying to hurt anyone. And Carla if you are reading this, I am so sorry. I know I have told you before, and I don't know what else I can say to convince you of that. I just want you to be open with me again. You seem so closed up and I don't want that for us. You are my best friend, Sissy and I love you so much! I would die for you, you know that, right? I ask God everyday to let you know how much I love you!

My sister, Carla is one of the best sisters a girl could ever ask for and I will always love her so much. I miss her so much! I want my old Sissy back somehow, and I am willing to do whatever it takes. You will always be my dish washing buddy! I love you!!!
Your Sister,

Carla and me Easter of 1993

Carla and me with our arms draped around each other.

Carla and me at our grandparent's house

Carla and me in 2006 moving our whole family to the new house.

Carla and me in 2009 when I went to visit my family.

Carla and me at Florida Caverns State Park earlier this year.