Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome, 2008!

2007 is ending with a bang (What was that noise outside? It sent children running from all parts of the house.) I suppose New Year's revelers were beginning early. Anyway, I am still in Delaware and celebrating New Year's Eve with my family, minus the Big Man. He and I have been in touch tonight, and he is in Central Time, so we actually get to celebrate twice. This has become a tradition.

I am looking forward to new things in 2008 but also thankful for the things that I have learned in 2007. I finished school (sorry, I did try not to mention it again,) and that was a big personal deal for me. The kids and the Big Man are healthy and happy, and I have had great times with wonderful family and friends. I am blessed!

So, I hope that 2008 is wonderful for you. I wish you all health and happiness...wow, sappy...I just wish the best for all of you!

A

P.S. I would also like world peace.

Friday, December 28, 2007

First State News

Okay, there is no news to share, I just like to remind you of where I am.

After some delays at the airport yesterday, we arrived last night safe and sound. My parents met us at the airport and my brother and his kids surprised us at my parents' house. We talked and laughed until too late. Then my very dear friend called this morning and took me out. We went to the mall, which was a frequent hangout when we were kids, and went to lunch. She has moved since the last time I was home, so we stopped by her beautiful new home. After she dropped me off, I had just enough time to play with the kids and then my wonderful brother and I took off.

We went to see my niece play basketball in Valley Forge, then we went into Philadelphia. We ate cheesesteaks, because we were in Philly and that's a must, then we walked around a little bit. We saw Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, from a distance at least, because it was nighttime. Then he took me to hear some music. It was wonderful! He always plans fun things for me. Wow! I know I should be tired, but I am not at all. Plus, the sleeping arrangements are different than they were last night, because another nephew is here, so T. Willy is currently sprawled across the bed where I slept last night. I guess I'll go and see what I can do about that.

Have a great night!
A

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Traditions - or skip this unless you are really bored

We have several Christmas traditions in our family. So today I thought I would share them with you.

We do not look at Christmas lights until Christmas Eve. So on Christmas Eve, we piled into the Durango and drove around to look at lights. One neighborhood is built around a lake, and they set up Christmas trees in the lake, so we make a point of going there. Then we just choose a few others at random. One thing we noticed this year is that a lot of people did not do lights, ourselves included. I really did try to get out there and set them up, I just didn't. What was it about this year? Anyway, we still enjoyed ourselves, it was just a bit different.

After we look at lights we come home and eat. Our tradition is to eat a meal of appetizers/finger foods. For the kids, it's taquitos and mini-corn dogs, and for the grown ups it's usually spinach/artichoke dip and shrimp. We changed it up this year. We had crabcakes and bacon wrapped steak. We also had a vegetable tray, but I'm pretty sure the ranch dip negated any value the vegetables offered.

After dinner the kids open one present. For T. Willy it was a Thomas train, his first and just the start of his "very Thomas Christmas." He was delighted. MK opened a DVD so that she could watch it while she was trying to sleep.

















We then put the cookies and milk out for Santa, with celery for the reindeer. We use the same plate and mug every year. This was a big thing this year. MK really took the lead in a lot of things for T. Willy. This is the first year he really "got" a lot of it, and she loved helping him. We read the Christmas story from Luke 2, because we don't want them to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas, then off to bed.














We eat the same thing for our Christmas breakfast, but this year we added hashbrown casserole. It's nice that the Big Man works in a restaurant and is able to purchase things like that. We also had mac and cheese with our ham, all from his restaurant!!!

One tradition started when the Big Man and I lived in Virginia and were still in college. We have never lived near our parents and brothers, so we often have quiet Christmases. After the presents are opened, there isn't a lot to do. So we head to the movies. If you don't do that, you would be amazed at how many people do! The theater was packed! We are quite thankful for the ability to buy tickets online. However, we haven't done that since 2003, because T. Willy wasn't able to sit through a movie. And this year he was! It was so much fun!

Our last tradition is a trip to Delaware for the kids and me. We are flying out tomorrow, so there is much to do today. We have a stop in Cincinnati on the way up, instead of Atlanta. We won't really see the city, but MK is excited to go to a new state.

So there are our Christmas traditions. I will include some pictures of yesterday. MK loves music in a way I never did. She loves being in the band at school, she listens to music all of the time, and her heart's desire this year was for a bass guitar. She was thrilled to get it, so here is a picture of it. T. Willy also got a wagon, which he immediately climbed into.




Tuesday, December 25, 2007

What the hail?




We awoke to the sound of rain this morning. Then while we were opening presents we heard something unusual. We've lived here for 10 years and today was the first day we have had HAIL! It was so pretty falling and, if you used your imagination, it looked a little like snow. I haven't seen it snow in 9 years or so, so I was a little excited about it. It has already melted, but was fun to watch while it lasted. So here are some pictures of our backyard. I especially like the one of the sliding board...because it kind of looks like snow piled up.

Merry Christmas!!!

Here are our Christmas tree and fireplace on Christmas Eve after the kids had gone to bed. I always take these pictures, the last few before the chaos and confusion.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

TMI

I have attempted to keep things relatively private on this site...rarely use real names, always say "our little town" instead of giving specifics etc. But today I just had something to share.

MK was given an assignment in English class to write an essay about someone that she respected, an older person important in her life. She chose to write about the Big Man's dad, a worthy choice. The "elders" were then invited to school yesterday where they were given a reception and presented with the essays. Some reporters from our small town were there and she and "Pap" made the newspaper. So here is a link to the article. We bought a few copies of the paper for both sets of grandparents. The paper version has a picture of her and Pap together. Way to go, MK!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Ty's Rainbow


Sweet Treats

Today MK had some friends over to make some Christmas treats. We made candy and cookies and had a really nice time. The girls were very helpful and brightened up a dreary day. It rained quite a bit but we were rewarded with the most beautiful rainbow at the end. T. Willy called it his rainbow and was thrilled with it. So here are some pictures of our day!
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Hello!

I am welcoming my wonderful brother into the blogging world. You can find him here. He is an excellent photographer and is planning to post pictures more than writing. I cannot wait!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Parade Night

We enjoyed another parade tonight. It was very long, but we stayed until Santa brought it home. MK had fun marching, and T. Willy had a great time catching a bag full of candy and hanging out with his dad. I just enjoyed watching it and seeing lots of friends. There were more floats and more spectators than I can remember, but it was a lot of fun.

Here are a few pictures. I enjoyed more than I photographed, but it's a sampling. There is one of T. Willy and the Big Man while we were waiting for the parade to begin. Then there is one of MK with a friend of hers after they finished marching. The last one is of 2 of MK's friends with their scout troup.


So the holiday season has officially begun for us! Merry Christmas!





























Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Just checking in

Not much is going on right now. Our little town is having yet another parade this weekend. This one will kick off the holiday season. MK will walk in it with her school band, and we will cheer for her from the sidelines. The Christmas parade draws a huge crowd and we enjoy seeing many friends.

MK wants to have a Christmas party this year. Any ideas? Last year we had a Halloween party and we gathered the girls around the firepit and made smores which was a big hit. However, it is likely to be too cool for that, so we are looking for some activities. This is a hard age...too old for traditional party games and too young (thank goodness) for boys!

Other than that, the adjustment back to school after the break was painless, and we are fully ready to welcome in the holidays!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My Guitar Heroes



Sentimental thoughts...at least as sentimental as I get

Thankgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down. I love the food, the family and the football. However, I am reminded of the many things in my life that I have to be thankful for:

My refrigerator is so bursting with food that I don't have room for everything.

I am tired because I have spent a lot of time talking with friends and family.

My cheeks are sore right now because I laughed today harder than I can remember laughing in a long time.

I can't go to sleep yet because MK and her cousin are playing Guitar Hero and I can hear them laughing.

T. Willy and the Big Man are safely tucked in their beds (although the Big Man is probably dreaming of work instead of thinking turkey and football because he has to be at work at 4 a.m. However, he is off on Friday, so he can rest then.)

Our families out of town are healthy (except for colds) and happy and able to enjoy their Thanksgivings.

Just a snippet of the many, many things that I am thankful for. I hope you have as many or more!

Happy Thankgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2007

So...

We watched the movie "Wild Hogs" tonight. This is not a review of the movie. At the beginning of the movie they showed different characters' points of view and labeled each snippet with their name. One of the characters was named Doug. We were all quietly sitting on the sofa watching it when the name, Doug, appeared on the screen. T. Willy looked up and as clear as day said, "Doug." We all looked at each other and just laughed. He loves letters and numbers, borderline obsesses on them, but we had no idea that he knew "Doug." He knows dog, but did not say dog. We are amazed by this boy everyday.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Something new

While I was at school today I received a voicemail from the woman at a nearby college with whom I had an interview sometime back about a job there (it's an English class, but I hope she isn't reading this, because I would honestly have no idea how to diagram that poorly constructed sentence.) I was not able to take the job before because my transcripts did not arrive in time to show proof of my newest degree. Well, she called today to offer me the same opportunity and I accepted. I am going to talk to her on Monday. It is just to teach one class, but if I hadn't been currently employed, she had other classes to offer. This one will be at night so it won't interfere with my current job, but I am really looking forward to it. It will mean 2 nights a week next semester, but the family is supportive, so we'll see how it goes!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Good guess

MK was an 80's girl for Halloween. She did mention that she should have been Madonna, but decided it was just an 80's girl. I'm really glad Chel and Em were able to figure it out. She argued quite a bit with me about the costume, apparently I had no idea what was "authentic" 80's. It took a bit of convincing that I really did have an idea about it. Her biggest complaint? The hair was too big...she really didn't understand the 80's, did she?

My parents are here right now. We are having a great visit. The kids are enjoying them and even spent the night with them so that the Big Man and I could go out to dinner. He had to work early Saturday morning, so I was able to actually sleep in until I woke up on my own! I can't remember the last time that happened.

MK walked in our town's Veteran's Day parade with her school band on Saturday. I was happy that my parents got to see a parade in our town, because for such a small town, parades are really a big deal! T. Willy loves them because we always end up with a bag full of candy that they throw from the floats. It is always a good time to see lots of friends that we don't get to see often.

So that's what's going on with us! Have a great day, and Happy Veteran's Day to all vets out there!!! Thank you so much!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick or Treat

Here are some pictures of our evening. T. Willy was Elmo, not creative but easy and it was what he wanted. MK's costume took a bit of thought, but people guessed it. Can you?


MK in middle and friends gathered at our house. T. Willy was afraid of the one on the right, so she had to take her mask off to show him it was his old friend, M.













This is T. Willy and his buddy, D. They have been friends since D's mom and I used to walk them in their strollers as infants, but since school started, they don't get to see each other much. So they were very happy to trick or treat together, and very glad that D's dad brought a wagon!


Now we have more candy than we will ever need, but it was a fun night!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Family portraits

I wrote about our trip to New Orleans a few weeks ago for the celebration for my father in law. While we were there, they took some pictures of our families, so I am posting a couple of them.





Football is over and we are enjoying some quiet time. Trick or treating tomorrow...I'll be sure to post pictures of that too! Good night!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

10/25, October 25th, the 25th day of October

It just has a ring to it, doesn't it? It's my birthday, I'm sure that's why I think so. We didn't have a huge celebration but it was still a fun day, not to mention the most beautiful day of the year so far. It is finally fall! I took my class to the Big Man's restaurant for a field trip. They graciously served us breakfast and we were able to tour the restaurant. The kids loved it! They couldn't stop talking about it, but their favorite part was the walk-in freezer. It was 8 below zero and the kids thought it was the greatest thing. They were less thrilled when we went back to school and actually had to work, but we managed to accomplish a few things.

Back to the restaurant for dinner, since the Big Man was working and it was the only time we were able to be together as a family today. He surprised me with a huge dessert and the servers singing Happy Birthday. I know it's supposed to embarrass me, but I get a kick out of it.

Now it's home to clean, clean, clean! Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll let me know when it's your birthday!

A

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Going against my instincts!

A few months ago, I wrote about two experiences that had bothered me as a teen. I used REAL names, which totally goes against blogging etiquette, and I truly knew better. Busted! I have used some of my abilities to deduce, and I think one of those persons is reading this blog! So, you know who you are, and I hope you aren't upset with me. If it is you, please drop me a line and let me know how you're doing!!!

A

Saturday, October 13, 2007

And now it's Saturday afternoon

We are in New Orleans now. We had a good and uneventful trip. T. Willy sang the Alphabet song no fewer than 32 times and Jesus Loves Me nearly as many. But he occupied himself and that was great. MK napped and listened to music and I read a book that I'm enjoying but can never seem to find time to read.

The Big Man and his mom took T. Willy and MK to do some things which left me some free time. I did some exploring which is unusual for me, because I don't know my way around here that well. MK needed some reeds for her clarinet so I found my way to a music store. I did some more shopping but lines were long and I didn't find anything that I just couldn't live without.

We are going to the Big Man's brother's house for dinner, and we are looking forward to that. I am going to rest and finish watching the LSU game. Go Tigers!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Our weekend

We are leaving Saturday morning for New Orleans to visit the Big Man's family. My father-in-law is a pastor and has been at his church for 25 years. That is pretty remarkable and we are going to celebrate with the family. We are looking forward to a fun, although quick, trip.

All is going well for us. MK and T. Willy continue to enjoy school. MK has only 2 football games left. Tomorrow night is close to the beach and that is always a fun trip. After that they play their rival team (there are two middle schools in our town - it's the other one) and that is always fun because so many of the kids know each other. Friday afternoon is the high school's Homecoming parade (only one high school in town so the kids all end back up together) and MK will march in it with the band. She has been in the parade before, but this is much more official.

T. Willy is opening up so much. He talks non-stop and often in complete sentences, which is new for him. He loves school and his new friends.


My parents just returned from a trip to Las Vegas. My dad enjoyed some softball games and won a few, although not the tournament, and I think my mom enjoyed just seeing something different. They didn't do any typical Vegas things, but they did some sightseeing and enjoyed it very much.

So there's an update from us. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

MK speaks

This morning Mk and I were walking out to her school bus and talking. I asked her if she had remembered to bring something we had talked about. I was reminded of the Boy Scout motto, "Be prepared," and mentioned it to her. Since she is a Girl Scout, I asked what the Girl Scout motto is. Her answer? "Be really prepared."

Have a nice day!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pictures

Tonight was the first night that the band wore their real uniforms. So here is a picture of MK in hers. You may notice a big difference in her hair. So I will post the "before" picture. I, too, have a new haircut, so there's one of that too. The Panthers won tonight and it was a lot of fun, again! Good night!



















Monday, September 24, 2007

If you came here for a deep post, you're going to be disappointed.

I love shoes. That's not unusual for a woman. However, my husband also loves shoes...on me. So he is more than willing to shop for shoes or send me shopping for them. Here are my 4 newest pairs of shoes.








After wearing the others, tennis shoes are definitely in order! Have a good night!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sugar R.I.P.

Well, Sugar is gone now. It is hard to believe right now, but I'm sure it will sink in very soon.

As you may know, she had squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer.) It started out as a little scab on her nose and by today, it had eaten away much of her face and spread as high as her eye. The veterinarian assured me that we were doing the right thing, but that didn't make it much easier. The Big Man's parents are in town so the kids stayed there and I went by myself. Until I actually got to the vet, I was doing great. It was easy to talk about and I was being very practical. Then when it happened, which took about 2 minutes, I lost it. I was not expecting that at all. It was such a peaceful and gentle way to go. She was a great cat and will be missed. However, as MK said today as she picked a cat hair off of her shirt, she will always be with us, and I agree, because we will be picking white hairs off of our clothes for quite some time. MK is doing well. She had a couple of breakdowns but is able to understand.

Here is a picture of Sugar taken in April right around the time of her diagnosis. You can see the scab on her nose and that is when it was just beginning. It deteriorated a great deal.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ugh!

So the time has come to make a decision about the cat. I made an appointment today and just told MK. She is soooo sad but also understands that the cat is suffering (in addition to sneezing blood.) That didn't make it any easier though. Please keep MK in your thoughts and prayers. The Big Man's parents are coming over this weekend so I hope that distracts her a bit.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Zoo Snooze pt.2

Some people did get some sleep at the Zoo Snooze. Here is a picture of MK and some friends. Note "Arnie", MK's sloth, which is meaningful if you remember our Brandywine Zoo trip. Unfortunately, he was a casualty of her illness...we are hoping he will recover. Do you think she likes pink? We were letting the girls sleep in while the troop leader behind us was singing songs to make her girls wake up. Another plus for our troop.

















MK missed school today but will be there tomorrow. She probably could have gone today but the rest didn't hurt her.

That's it for me. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Troop Beverly Hills

Do you remember that 80's movie with Shelley Long? That is kind of what I was expecting this weekend to be. I couldn't have been more wrong. The Zoo Snooze was great fun but not appropriately named, because I snoozed very little. MK's troop leaders were very capable campers and it was a great time. It was a cluster event which meant that several troops participated.

I am not familiar with building tents so I was assigned the task of inflating air mattresses. By the time I was finished the tents were up and we were on to our next adventure. We took a train ride around the zoo and we started to take a walk around the zoo to see the exhibits after dark. My favorite was the bat house...so much activity in the dark. However, MK wasn't feeling well, so we went back to our tents so that she could rest a little bit. She recovered enough for the night train ride and then we went to sleep...well, went to our tents where the leaders and I talked and laughed until 2 a.m. and could still hear our girls. One of the girls was up at 4 to use the restroom so I escorted her there, then I slept until about 5:30, and the roosters were up and so was I.

I enjoyed some quiet time and the wonderfully cool morning right near the water and packed some things to take to the Durango. It wouldn't be me if I didn't set off the car alarm, which I did. Thankfully, the tents were far enough away that I don't think I disturbed them. MK was feeling worse, so we helped take down the tents and left early. On the way home MK napped then woke suddenly, gave me "the look" and, um, hurled all over the car. So we rode home with the windows down and I spent the rest of the morning taking care of her and cleaning carpet. She is running a little fever and has just been sleeping on and off for the rest of the day.

So, except for her illness, it was a great time, and she was able to enjoy most of it. The boys enjoyed their bonding time and lots of football and now we're ready for another week! Here are a few pictures of our trip. I didn't take many, but wanted to include some. Have a great week!



















































Saturday, September 15, 2007

Bonding

This is a female bonding weekend for MK and me and a male bonding weekend for The Big Man and T. Willy. The girls are going to a "Zoo Snooze" with MK's scout troop and the guys are staying home to watch football and eat "man food." We are packed up and ready to go and just waiting to meet the rest of the troop. I'm told we get to take a behind the scenes tour of the zoo and a train ride around it. I've never been to this zoo before so I'm just looking forward to something different.

We have been so busy this week. MK had an away game with the band on Thursday. I was able to go and took some of her friends. We stopped at McDonald's after the game and it was just a fun time with the girls. Last night was "Middle School Band Night" at the high school so she got to play for the high school fans. Band fits her so well because she likes to participate but isn't interested in standing out. Our high school band is amazing and it gave her a taste of what she has to look forward to.

So, that's it. I hope to have some pictures of the campout when we get back.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Maybe this is the last time you'll have to read about this

When I began this blog, I was getting ready to start graduate school. Today, I am officially finished with it. What?!?!? (frequent readers are asking yourselves.) What about the graduation pictures in May and the summer practicum? Wasn't your last class in July???? Yes, those things are true. But, for summer graduates, the degrees are not sent out until September. And today was the day that I received it! Hooray! I had not heard about my last project. It was pass or fail and I apparently passed! Hooray again!!! So here is a picture.

















Have a great day! And now I will (may) stop talking about it.

P.S. If you tried to watch the videos from my last post and they didn't work, sorry. I'll try to fix them later.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Finally

Tonight was supposed to be another football game for MK's school. During the day it started raining. MK was disappointed because she was really looking forward to this game since the last one was cancelled due to lightning. It rained for awhile but we decided to go to meet with the band and hope it would clear up. MK's school is a 10+ minute drive from our house and by the time we got there it was already clearing up. So we spent a fun night at the football field. I was recruited as a chaperone which meant I was assigned a section and had to sit with my group. Not a big deal, because they were well behaved and not needy at all, plus it was MK's group! The Big Man brought T. Willy and they stayed till halftime. The reason was that T. Willy had to be in bed, which is true, but The Big Man wasn't sorry to leave so that he could watch the opening night of NFL. So I am hoping these videos work. One is of the band playing and the other is of T. Willy dancing to the band. We had lots of fun visiting with friends and our team won!!! Go Panthers!!!

I couldn't get the videos to work so I just deleted them. Maybe another time.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Silly Girls














I was given permission, so here is a picture of our fun night. The two band girls are wearing their band shirts. They wear these until it gets cooler and then they have actual uniforms.

Friday, August 31, 2007

A little rain can't stop us

Here is a little recap of last night. It was MK's first night to march with the band at the football game. I had been recruited to chaperone and we had picked up two friends to go with us, one in the band and one for moral support. As we picked one girl up, her mother asked, "Do you think it's going to rain?" So I looked up at the sky and saw ominous clouds. On the way it started to sprinkle. The closer we got to the school, the harder it rained, until I pulled into the school parking lot barely able to see a thing. We went into the band room and waited, listening to the thunder, until the band director finally announced that the game had been cancelled. Sigh...faces fell, eyes drooped. I loaded three disappointed girls into the car and we headed home. We called one girl's dad to let him know we were on our way, then tried to call the other girl's home and no one was there. We later found out that they were on their way to the game. So we took the girls home with us and made a night out of it. The girls made dinner for us and I think it worked up great. Of course I did, I didn't actually have to cook dinner and they made dessert!

Actually, though, it was the kind of night I love. The girls and I were in the kitchen talking and laughing. With the oven going, the rain, and the house full, it was so cozy. However, outside it was still in the 80s. If it had been in the 50s I might just have shed a tear or two. The girls were so fun and bubbly and good sports about everything. They even let me take a picture of them which I'll post if I get their parents' permission.

So we'll try again next week. It's another home game. Let's hope it doesn't rain.

Now we are ready for a long weekend. The Big Man's birthday is Sunday so that will be our highlight.

Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

You asked for it

Two pictures of my new shorter hair.

Straight (which I prefer but takes sooooo long to do)















And Curly, which takes all of 2 minutes to do, but usually looks like it. It's wet in this pictures and shrinks up a lot by the time it's dry. That's why I miss it long, because the weight held it down.


So there you go.

Wow...it's been so busy here. It's such an odd feeling. I've been so used to having lots of time to do things, but not anymore. We are going all the time. However, we're really enjoying it. MK has her first game with the band on Thursday and I've been recruited to "chaperone" the band. I think it just means that I have to escort them from the middle school to the high school where the game is played. We went to a game last week that was just a scrimmage so the band didn't play. But it was fun to be back at it and she is so happy to be a part of things this year.

T. Willy continues to do well in preschool. He now asks to see Miss Sam and is a little disappointed on Saturday when we don't go. He loves to go to school and Sunday school. Today we had a fire drill and I was able to see him without him seeing me. He talks a lot about a boy named DJ so he's making friends too!

That's it. Thanks for checking in. I'm making no promises that I'll post more but I appreciate that you stopped by!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It was twenty years ago....

yesterday....that a very naive 17 year old girl left home to go to college for the first time. There she met her roommate, Melissa, and later that day, The Big Man. Yes, that girl was me! Wow!

Sorry, Melissa, that I just told the bloggy world how old we are. You don't look it at all, so I don't think you're worried about it.

School is great...busy, busy, busy, but I have a great group of students. Our books were delayed at the printer so that is causing some headaches, but we'll make it.

I had an accident with the scissors and now have much shorter hair. The scissors were being held by the Big Man at the time. I had just wanted a trim because I was waiting for an idea about how to have it cut. Well, the decision was made for me. I'll try to post pictures soon.

That's it...have a great day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wow!

We have hit the ground running! After 3+ years of most of our time being our own, it has suddenly come to a halt and we are busy!

My school had open house last night and I met most of my students. Classes begin tomorrow and I feel ready. I just hope I can sleep tonight. T. Willy is adjusting well to the new schedule. He hesitated just a bit when we first dropped him off, but I stood by the door and in no time he joined the other kids to play. Tomorrow is also his first official day, he has just been going to childcare while I have been preparing my classroom and lesson plans. He napped today and joined circle time for songs and stories. Whew. I will try to post pictures of him in his school clothes tomorrow. MK has been able to go with me and was a big help getting the room ready and peeking in on T. Willy for me. Her school begins Monday - 7th grade!!!

Thanks to Melissa for getting me involved in the blog world. I started a blog for the class to communicate with parents and already I've had positive feedback. Also, thanks to Chel for teaching me about "invitation only" because the parents and staff feel more secure about commenting when the whole world doesn't have access to it.

Okay, off to bed! Good night!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Happy Anniversary and the end of my retirement

I did not post on the actual day, but we celebrated our 18th anniversary on Sunday. Wow!!! Time certainly flies when you're having fun. The Big Man's brother, the Grillmaster and his wife, the Mrs., and daughter, Miss, came over for the weekend. We didn't do much but hang out around the house, but it was a good time.

My wonderful brother and my wonderful sister in law celebrated their 19th anniversary yesterday, so congratulations to them too!

I am going back to work on Thursday. My 3+ year retirement has come to an end. I have enjoyed it so much and have loved and appreciated every minute of it, but feel ready to return. MK is looking forward to helping me decorate my room. We are going with a sports theme...any ideas?

That's about it. Have a great day!

P.S. Chel, if you're out there...I can't read your blog anymore! Help!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sweet Home

Alabama! We had a wonderful time on our trip. It was one of those vacations that exceeds your expectations. The cabin was great, secluded and just what we were hoping it would be. Better than reading what I have to say, I'll just post pictures!

Here is our cabin.














This is MK at DeSoto Falls. She was too brave for my comfort. She wanted to run all around and jump everywhere. We've lived too close to sea level for too long. I am a bit of a flatlander.













Mk will not ride rollercoasters for anything. However, after visiting this hang gliding launch, she is begging to go hang gliding. Uh, no...but she is determined to do it when she turns 18.













MK and I took the underground elevator down about 20 stories to visit Ruby Falls. It is hard to believe that they even found it but it was something to see. While we explored, The Big Man and T. Willy found a park and had fun too.













Here are the falls at Little River Canyon from an overlook.

















Same falls, a little closer.













And MK standing at the top of the falls. They haven't had a lot of rain so you could just walk right out onto them. Some people were picnicking on them and others were swimming in places that still had water.













The Big Man and T. Willy at the top of the falls...my heart was beating a little bit fast.













T. Willy and the Big Man eating hamburgers on our last night.













Mk and me eating hamburgers too. Does it look like my hair is smoking?













It was the best vacation we could have asked for. We did lots of driving (okay, the Big Man did lots of driving) and lots of exploring. We visited Chattanooga and saw some new things there. I hope your week was just as fun!