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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fan Shares: Cuties Galore

Hello Everyone!! 

Show some love to all these curly cuties!! 









Thank you for all the shares! 

If you want to share your cuties with us, feel free to sent any and all photos  our pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course by email to caramelcurlznswirls@yahoo.com! 





Thursday, July 23, 2015

60th Wedding Anniversary - A Diamond Celebration

Hello Everyone!

Today is a very special day for our parents.  And we would like for all of you to join us and wish them a very Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary! 


Here is a brief description of this amazing couple: 

Bill and Mary Cunningham were married on July 23, 1955 and they have four (4) children:

Sherrie Copeland;
Patricia Arps;
Rhonda Cunningham Holmes; and
Billy Cunningham, II


The In-Laws: 

Sherrie has been married to Jim Copeland, Sr for 37 years; 
Patricia recently married Melvin Arps
Rhonda has been married to Ira Holmes for 23 years; and of course, 
Bill has been married to me, Elena for 10 years. 

The Grandchildren: 

Jim and Sherrie have two sons: Jimmy II and Daniel;
Patricia has three children: Denyel, Earl and Amira;
Ira and Rhonda have one son: Austin;
and as you know, Bill and I have two children: Bree and Billy III. 

The Great-Grandchildren: 

Jimmy II and his wife, Tiffanny have children: Trinity, Essence and Jimmy III
Denyel has three children: Jia, Jayla and Case
Amira and her husband Donivan have two sons: David and their latest addition, Donivan Jr

Daniel Copeland recently married Katori Copeland on May 17. 2015!  

Did I loose you yet? Okay, let's summarize.. 

Mom and Dad during the last 60 Years of Marriage have welcomed four (4) children into the world, eight (8) grandchildren and eight (8) great-grandchildren.  Of course let's not forget that they have also welcomed three (3) sons-in-law, Jim, Ira, Melvin and me, the one and only daughter in law!




Elena's Words: 

Where to begin... wow... well, I'm going to try to keep this nice and short. 

Mom and Dad, today is a huge milestone in both of your lives.  Your 60th Wedding Anniversary, MY personal wish for you is that Daddy has bought you a huge diamond as a gift that I will eventually inherit! .. Okay I'm kidding!

Our wish for you both is happiness and rich blessings for ever more. 

The two of you have welcomed me into your home with more kindness and love that I could have ever imagined.  I already knew before meeting you that you had raised four (4) beautiful children, Sherrie who has a kind soul, Patricia who is forever in love, Rhone, such an independent, confident and strong woman. (I pray that my daughter is just like her when she gets older), and of course, your son, the forever "I'm right no matter what you say".  So i knew you had to be the most wonderful and amazing people in the world. 

I was more nervous meeting Rhonda than meeting you both, while Rhonda wanted to know my five (5) year plan, Mom simply sat there wondering why were woman's clothes in her son's closet? 

The truth is, Bill and I didn't have a normal beginning like any normal couple would have, nevertheless, you both welcomes me into your family with open arms.  After all, we have never been normal and normal is so overrated!

After a year, we got engaged and I remember his words very clearly, "I finally found someone who is like my mother, someone who I want to marry", I'm not quiet sure whether Bill was asking for approval or sympathy! I believe the jury still out on that, isn't that right honey?! HA!

Over the last twelve years, you both have been nothing but over the moon nice to me.  You have been the supportive type of parents to both, your son and me.  Thank you for all that you  have done, for the words of encouragement, for all the prayers, for the great example you continue to give.  

You gave to me a special man with whom I share my life with, you're his loving parents and I'm so ready to return him, so please don't forget to come and collect him! 

In all honesty and putting all jokes aside, your faith, hope and kindness are qualities that we treasure but most of all we appreciate the love you give to every single one of us, your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, you give so many things without measure. 

We all know that marriage is NOT easy.  I can't even begin to imagine the things you  have seen, heard or experience, but the two of you have managed to overcome it all.  Many find it easier to walk away, it's easier to file for divorce than to work things out.  

You have always been there for us during our struggles, but I deeply believe that Bill and I have lasted this long, it's because neither of your ever INTERFERED, never taking sides!  You listened, you gave advice but at the end of the day, it was our job to work things out.  "Honey, it's up to the two of you to overcome this, you can work this out, come together and talk about it"... and it has worked every time for the last decade. 

Some lucky couples get to experience 10 years of marriage and some get to see their 25th Anniversary.  But not many can actually say "We've been together for 50 years", and a very small number can actually say "We've been married for 60 years".  You both are now part of a very ELITE group! 

We love you both very much, thank you for this legacy, so today we celebrate you both.  We are proud to call you "our parents", and the children are proud that you belong to them! 


Bill's words: 

My sisters and I came together and planned something very special to celebrate our parents on their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  I didn't realize how much impact their marriage has had in our lives and our own marriages as well. 

On Saturday, July 18th, 2015, family and friends came together for a small "Wedding Anniversary Dinner".  This small dinner turned out to be the most remarkable event for our Dad and Mom. 

During this time we shared old stories, which is something we have always enjoyed when every one manages to be in the same room.  The grandchildren also shared their own special stories of their time with Grandmother and Papa.  

Our parents have always encouraged us and loved us through every phase of our lives.  


We want to thank everyone who was able to attend the dinner but also thank you to those who took the time to wish our parents a Happy Anniversary.  



Aunt Patsy, Jim and Aunt Peggy
Aunt Patsy and Aunt Peggy are Daddy's sisters.

Jim and Daddy

Jim and his youngest son, Daniel
(Unfortunately, his Wife, Katori was unable to attend.  She is about to take the bar exam!)


Daniel, Earl, Austin and the youngest grandson, (our son) Little Billy III

Ms. Bree, Uncle Jim and Little Billy
(can you guess who is their favorite uncle?)

Yes (TWINS- Props to our niece for that!), Jia, Jaila and their brother Case.

Little Jimmy III, Essence and Trinity

Sherrie and Jim 

Earl and his girlfriend, Summer. 


And of course, here we are
your lovely Admins! 






Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Make Wash Days Easier by Using this item!

Hello Everyone! 

A few days ago while browsing the Pinterest Site, I came across this great idea and you will probably wonder the same thing I did... "Why didn't I think of this?!"

As parents of curly kids, we are always looking for tips and products that can make "wash days" easier and less painful for the little ones.  

Let me assure you that this IS one of the greatest things I've tried that actually works.  The investment value... are you ready?. 0.75 cents! 


Pool Noodle!

As you may already know, the pool noodles come in different shape and size.
The wider the noodle the higher the price.  

I purchased two different sizes: 

Purple ($0.75 cents) and Pink ($1.49)


(Image found on Pinterest Board)

Now, your probably thinking.... "What? and I never thought of doing this because?"

Trust me, that was the same reaction I had, especially after I purchased the Hair Wash Tray from Amazon.com (see picture below).

While we made it work the first time and she was happy with the experience, it was difficult to use it again.  It became impossible to find the right angle again.  

The tray is not meant for small bathroom sinks and to be used at a kitchen sink, you have to have the right chair that will give the right height for the tray to sit at a comfortable angle.  





We decided to try both noodles in order to determine which was one felt more comfortable to her. And she was more comfortable with the purple one, "so much better mama".  

Fortunately, the noddle is the exact same length as her tub and it was "locked" in place and didn't require something to keep it from sliding back and forth.  

Therefore, we experience NO MESS AT ALL! 



I suggest you give this a try! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SALE ALERT- Bee Mine Hair Products


ALERT ALERT: 

"July Sale!!! 
These products and our entire stock are on sale now. 
Discount redemption code JULY15 
20% off with minimum purchase of $30 or more. 
Please allow time to handcraft your order with love.

 If you have any questions after reading our FAQ's page 
please contact customerservice@beemineproducts.com for more information. 

Have a Beeutiful day!"
(as posted on their Facebook Page)


Hello Readers: 

Bee Mine Natural & Organic Hair Products are one of my favorites and they have a sale happening now!! 

So make you visit their site at Bee Mine Natural and Organic Hair Products and place your orders.  

I will be re-stocking on moisturizer and deep conditioner, two things Ms. Bree's hair cannot go without! 



Monday, June 1, 2015

DIY Project: ZIP LINE

Hello Readers!!

The hot days have arrived!! well, at least here in the South they have.

During our family vacations my wife and I realized that our children spent most of the time on Bungee Jumpings, Trampolines and Zip lines rides. It is one of the many reasons we spent our summer vacation at The Boardwalk.  

I ran my ingenious idea by my wife and she was intrigued, I must admit, my wife never likes my ideas because she thinks some of them are too difficult to do on my own.   But what she didn’t know was that I already had spent a good amount of time researching the internet on how to build a zip line.  It’s not as difficult as most people may think. 

Therefore, here I am, writing this short blog post, which I will edit later on with written step by step instructions on how to do it and what hardware to buy to make this easy project. 

Although the ideal place to build your zip line is in the backyard, I decided to build ours on the front yard due to the fact that our only trees are on the front side of the house.

I spent a little bit less than $150.00 in hardware and many sweat and tears, okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit.  It took us approximately an hour to build it.
  

This is something that can easily be turned into a “Father & Child” project, my son was very involved and helped many times when it was possible.  Having him around also made it easier to determine how high the line need it to be.  I definitely didn’t want the line to be too high or too low.  Please remember that it is very important to keep your children’s height and weight in mind at all times. 






DISCLAIMER:

Building a zip line is like riding one, it can be dangerous.  I highly recommend that you take your time to get as much information as possible on the matter. There are many professionals who build zip lines and they offer consultations.  
Although they specialize in commercial building of zip lines (lines are usually suspended 15+ Ft from the ground) and their time can and will be costly; 

Take extra safety precaution, have your children wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and any other protective gear.  As parents we know our children and we know their limits;

Pay a few extra bucks for better quality products when purchasing the hardware;  

Have a serious safety talk with your children;

Have a responsible adult present at all times;


Zip line is only to be ridden with parents’ exclusive permission.


Enjoy and be safe this summer!
Bill & Little B