Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Very Merry Christmas...and a Happy New Year!

Here I am at the beach! I have been here for a week now. We are going to stay until January 1! We had a great Christmas. My Dad was here all month, and my brother came for Christmas.

We are having a great time.  We had some beautiful days--swimsuit weather.  I love the ocean.  It is amazing to me. I love to hear the waves crashing and imagine all the people looking at the same ocean.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Halloween

I love Halloween. I always have. I don't know why so many people have become against celebrating Halloween. I love carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds. i love doing all that Halloween stuff. I also LOVE watching The Great Pumpkin every year.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

31 things about me

I am 31 so I chose 31

1. I am from Missouri.

2. I was the baby of the family.

3. I have always had smart friends since elementary school, even though I had to work much harder--I always kept up with the smarty friends i had.

4. I love the color orange.

5. I only have daughters and don't feel like we are some how missing something without a boy in the family.

6. I grew up in a town named Festus.

7. I love public libraries.

8. I meet my husband when I was 20.

9. I can't figure out if my eyes are blue or green.

10. I was actually giddy at the Harry Connick Jr. concert.

11. I drink hot tea almost every day.

12. My mom would put Earl Grey tea in my Christmas Stocking every year when I was growing up.

13. I am really uncomfortable with the idea of Satan Personified. I even discussed this at length with a professor of mine in college (Theology class).

14. Josh got my into Jimmy Buffett and now I think I listen to more JB than he does.

15. I bought a Rush Limbaugh t shirt just to annoy my poly sci professor in college.

16. I was a summer missionary--twice.

17. I love Gyros.

18. I love to write letters.

19. I have a tattoo.

20. My favorite televison show is How I Met Your Mother.

21. I had braces twice and jaw surgery growing up.

22. I love my students and miss them in the Fall when I have a new class. It takes a few weeks and then I fall in love with my new class.

23. I would love to be a librarian.

24. I wish I was an artist--no real talent there.

25. I prayed more in my life when I was pregnant. I prayed and prayed that they would be ok.

26. I had We Gather Together, the Thanksgiving Hymn at my wedding. I love that Hymn when the parents were seated.

27. I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO.

28. I have been to 48 states.

29. I would love to live on the beach and hear the waves as a fall asleep.

30. My favorite actor is Nicholas Cage.

31. I was thrilled to see Your a Good Man Charlie Brown on Broadway.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

We went fishing for turtles and Grandma smoked a pipe

We went to my dad's for the weekend. It took us 10 hours to get there. It was a long day. We got there in time to go to bed on Friday night. We got up, I went through Dad's garage. He is getting ready to have a yard sale. He has tons of stuff, some of Mom's some just junk accumulated over the years.

We went to Kathy's (my aunt, my mom's sister) house. Jason went to get Grandma and took her to Kathy's. The kids played with Kathy's kids. My Uncle Bob (my mom's brother) and his wife Marilyn meet us there too. We spend the whole day there. Kathy and I went to some scrapbooking stores. I found some of the new Love, Elise papers I wanted. I was happy to find what I did, but was amazed that the store didn't order the whole line. No charms or chipboard at all. We called Dad and he met us at Mexican Villa for dinner in Springfield. We managed to get back to Dad's at around 9 PM.

The next morning, we get up and go fishing at Aunt Frankie's (my dad's sister) pond. We all catch fish and get hot and go back to my dad's for lunch. We have three of my dad's four sisters bringing food over. We eat and everyone leaves. We head back to the pond, we all catch more fish. It seems like there is a huge fish on Delaney's line. It was heavier than I could have imagined a fish being. I pull up the end of the line to see part of a huge turtle shell and his face. The line snapped and he is gone, with the hook and lead. I thought it might be sad to Delaney that she had a turtle, but she was excited. Not just anybody catches a turtle, especially a huge snapping turtle.

We get back to Dad's after 9, and the kids sleep while Josh and I pack up. We get up and get ready for the drive home. What a drive...though Missouri, Arkansas, Tennesee, Mississippi and then back home to Alabama. I was tempted to say, Sweet Home... well you can probably figure out the rest. It is good to be home. Maybe I can post some pictures of my new treasures. I have my great grandmother's pipe. I thought that was funny, but not surprising for my family. We are full of suprises all around.

Friday, August 24, 2007

It's Friday...

Friday and no place to be tonight! That is a change. We have to be on the soccer fields bright and early at 7:30 tomorrow morning.

Well one week down of Preschool. I had a good day today, the kids were excited and well behaved today. We made gingerbread cookies, they run away and we go searching for them. It is fun. I found another good book, Maisy Makes Gingerbread, or something similar that was really good for the theme.

Tomorrow looks to be a busy day, but mostly fun stuff!

I need to get motivated and hop on my eliptical machine for 20 mintues or so! I am off for now! Have a great weekend.


I just finished 30 minutes of serious sweating...feels great...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wednesday at Last...

What a week. The most exciting thing is my friend Julie is a MOM! She adopted her son Nicholas yesterday! They are in China for another week and then he will come home! It is so exciting!

I have 18 four year olds this year in my class! We have had a pretty good first week. I have been really tired.

I had a serious melt down yesterday. I weighed myself before school. We weigh the kids on the first day of school and measure their heights. It shows how much they grow thoughout the year. It is for their "Me" books we make for them. Well, I did the same thing last year, weigh myself on the scale and freak out. Josh has to talk me though it. I actually cried yesterday. I have always been thin. I wasn't over 113 pounds until I was pregnant. Well, I haven't seen 113 since. I am ok with not being 113, but I don't want to get too far from 125. I have number issues. I look good, feel good, and my clothes usually fit great. I even wore a bikini all summer. I don't need to own a scale. I am really messed up with the numbers. Seriously, I don't think you probably realize how bad it is for me.

On a positive note, I did exercise today. I was really good at exercising about 5 times a week in the spring. Well, summer and it's lack of planning got ahold of me and I have been slacking.

Happy Birthday to my really motivated friend Lainie, who actually works out all the time and lost the weight to prove it! Love you Lainie!


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Jack in the Box

I see commercials! We don't have one here. There is one in Nashville that Josh and I ate at when we were up there for the Peter Mayer concert. Think about it--fast food with Tacos, Pitas, Egg Rolls, mass appeal! I think Josh even had Fish and Chips. My mom liked the Tacos. They were odd with American cheese slices for the cheese.

Tomorrow I go back to work! I worked all last week, but tomorrow I will have students! A new year's worth of adventures.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturdays aren't really relaxing afterall...

We started the day by heading to the soccer fields at 8AM. Both girls are playing at 8:30 and it is so hot that the games this week are shortened to half the typical time.

We head home afterwards and clean (fun) and sort out a lot of stuff to take to the a thrift store. The girls LOVE to go to thrift stores. Delaney found some more Beanie Babies. She has taken to collecting them, which is good since you and find them for really cheap now. Claire picked out a Doodle Bear, which is fun since Delaney already has one and we have the Doodle Bear markers already.

The whole world seemed to be at Sam's Club this afternoon. The lines were crazy--I had someone in line in front of me waiting in line while someone else shopped and promptly came running when it was their turn to check out. That was mildly annoying to me. Oh well, that's shopping on a Saturday afternoon.

We also went to Steak N Shake. I LOVE that place. I grew up going to Steak N Shake in Missouri. We had one open near us a few months ago. Yum, I had chili, fries, and a Cherry Coke. Real Cherry Coke, they add Cherry syrup to fountain Coke. It was worth the crazy $2 I paid for it. I find soft drinks to be overpriced and rarely order them. It is one of my funny quirks.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday's Week Review

This week I have been working at school getting ready for open house today and school starting Monday. I get really nervous at CPR training, but this year I really feel confident I would know what to do if I had to use it. I felt really good about that.

It is hot here. I heard there have been 9 days in a row of over 100 degrees. UGH!

Tuesday we went to dinner with some friends of ours at Po Boy Factory in Huntsville. I love that place. LOVE it. My favorite thing to eat in the whole world if the Blackend Mahi Po Boy. Seriously, it is my favorite meal.

On NPR, I heard an interesting discussion about Pearl Buck and The Good Earth. She was quoted to have said she would have given up all the success of The Good Earth to have had a healthy child. Apparently she had a child who was mentally challenged. Her success as an author provided for her daughter to live in residental care for the rest of her daughter's life. It was interesting. So, I have a renewed interest in reading The Good Earth. I read it in 9th Grade, but don't recall much about it.

Here's hoping for a relaxing weekend.