Thursday, March 27, 2008


MK and the Big Man are taking a road trip tomorrow night. They are going to meet the Big Man's brother and family and some other friends in Mobile, AL to see their favorite comedian, Brian Regan. T. Willy and I are going to stay home and rest. Spring Break starts tomorrow after parent/teacher conferences.

Good night!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Go here now! Hurry!


Happy Easter!

Still having computer issues, but figured out how to get pictures from my cell phone. So here is one of me and another of T. Willy at his class Easter Egg Hunt...cheesy smile and all! I will try to get a picture of MK's outfit soon. I had one, but erased it too soon.

A Rose by any other Name - for you, "Miss Massi"

As you may know, I recently because reacquainted with my former English teacher. After learning my daughter's name, Madeline, she asked if I named her after the children's book character of the same name. (The official answer is no, but we have collected A LOT of paraphernalia over the years.) I am always interested in how people choose their children's names, so please bear with me as I share our story.

Our first child is Madeline Kay. Although I adore the Madeline books, we chose the name for a different reason. We (I) just liked it. In the dark ages, meaning before the internet, my mother in law used to collect interesting articles and mail them to us. One such article was about a teacher in a very small town who had three sets of twins in her class. One of the twins was named Madeline, and I liked it, mentioned it to the Big Man, and kept it in my mind for several years. When we finally became pregnant, I never considered another girl's name. Her middle name was easy too. My mother, the Big Man's mother, AND my father, all have the middle name Kay, and I really liked the idea of naming her after them. In the hospital room, after she had been born, and it was time to fill out the birth certificate, the Big Man asked me if I was sure that her name would be Madeline. I remember eyeing him with a look that said, have you not been listening to me for all this time? He did not question me, and Madeline Kay it was.

T. Willy, Ty William, was our surprise baby. We had undergone some fertility treatments while trying to become parents. After we had MK, we were so happy and content with her and did not even discuss trying fertility treatments again. Of course, the desire for another child was always present, but it was not a priority. Forward nine years later, and surprise, we're going to have a baby! We had a girl's name picked out (Lauren Elizabeth) but were stuck for a boy's name. We finally agreed on Ty, once again, just because we liked it, and, no, not because we were Trading Spaces fans. His middle name came from the Big Man's dad, so all four grandparents were covered.

And we have two. As much as the desire was there for a second child, as soon as we had him, the realization was just as strong that our family was complete. And it is. So please, share with me the stories of how you chose your children's names!!!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Don't nag

I did have pictures to post, but am having computer issues. So sorry.

All is well here. We are having a great time with my parents. Today T. Willy stayed home with my dad, while the Big Man worked and my mom and I took MK to the mall to buy Easter clothes. Her Easter outfit is not traditional in any way, but it suits her and unlike the dress she first picked out, may actually be worn again. I also got a dress which is lovely, so maybe you'll see pictures, but who knows?

The biggest treat tonight, though? MK was given an early birthday present, since my parents aren't able to be in town for her birthday. ROCK BAND!!! I couldn't believe it. I was more excited than MK. As you may recall, we played it last week at her friend's party. We were instantly hooked. And it hasn't changed. My mom and T. Willy played, but MK and I outlasted them. Finally we just had to turn it off so MK could get some sleep.

No joke...I saw this today: While in the yard at my in-law's house, the Easter Bunny walked down the hill and into a neighboring house. Okay, it was a guy dressed as the Easter Bunny with the head under his arms...anyway...the car he was exiting was a Volkswagen RABBIT. That just cracked me up. It still does, which means it's late and I should go. Good night and Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our Town

So I live in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. It has many unique qualities. But one of the things that I find most interesting is our Burger King. We have 2 Burger Kings. One is a shiny new restaurant with an indoor playground. The other is (was) not. Its distinguishing feature? A drive-thru accessible only by the passenger door side or a serious reach from the driver's side. And now it is no more. Here is an article about it.

Burger King

Sweet dreams!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008


I have not posted pictures in a very long time. Tonight will be no different, but I am working on some. My parents safely arrived in town this evening, and will undoubtedly give us reasons for some photo ops.

MK thoroughly enjoyed her friend's surprise birthday party last night. The Big Man was working, so T. Willy and I stayed with her for the whole thing. It was a blast. They have "Rock Band" which is Guitar Hero times 4. The kids had so much fun with it, and the adults even took some turns. They also had a Wii set up in a different area, so between the wonderfully patient dog and the Wii, T. Willy had a ball too!

And off to bed I go! Have a great night, and if I don't post pictures sometime this week, nag me! But not yet.


Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday night

Lots to do this weekend. My parents are coming here Sunday night. I haven't seen them since Christmas so I cannot wait until they arrive! It is warm here and I'd like to do some yardwork. T. Willy helped me pick out some flowers today. He had a ball, so that was inspiration to do more.

All is well at school. Everyone is adjusting to the news and just kind of thinking about the future. We are dealing with the news with a sense of humor. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of sarcasm. The kids are abuzz with news of what they are going to do next year. I have filled out a few recommendations for other schools. We're all going to be okay.

MK had the big state exams at school this week, and she is relieved to have it behind her. She is looking forward to her first surprise birthday party tomorrow. The plans are for a big night of "Rock Band." She hasn't played it before, but loves "Guitar Hero" so I think she'll like it.

And now a word from T. Willy. A few mornings ago, the Big Man got up early with us and fed T. Willy breakfast. I was getting ready, packing lunches, etc., and they were talking and laughing and having a big time. As we were on our way to school, I mentioned to T. how nice it was of his dad to get up with him. He said, "Yes, I love him...but I don't like his hair."


Saturday, March 08, 2008

This week

So a few things happened this week.

The first involves work. We were called into a meeting last week. It was at 5:30 on a Friday evening to ensure that everyone was able to make it. Our principal prayed and immediately said, "Well, folks, we're closing." I cannot describe the feeling. Of course, the speculation had begun after we were told about the meeting. We were prepared for something big, but not exactly what it was. I work at a Christian school that is privately run, in that it is run by a family and not in conjunction with a church as many are. From what we've been told, the family just believes that it is time. Now it seems that when things happen, there is a general feeling of...that is the last time that will happen. I worked there for six years, took 3 years off while I stayed home with T. Willy and returned at the beginning of this school year. The people there have been very good to me and the school has been a part of my life for 10 years now.

We had our annual student vs. staff basketball game yesterday. I sat with the principal's wife. When he took the court, the students were yelling like crazy for him. She and I sat there and teared up, knowing that this would be the last time that would happen. There is a lot of that. The Big Man often calls it the school for misfit students. While that isn't the nicest assessment, it has an element of truth. Many of our kids have struggled in public school and have found a haven at our school. We wonder what will happen to them next year.

I had actually been planning to submit an application with our county school district. I have even arranged to take the state certification test in April. I just wanted this year to help T. Willy in his first year of preschool. He is just a few feet from me and I love it. He had a very bad week last week due to illness, and I cannot express how wonderful it was to be able to run to his class and comfort him and then be able to radio his teacher to see how he was. I will always be thankful for this year. I was hestitating to submit the application because I wanted a reference but did not want to seem disloyal. At least that has been resolved for me. So we will just have to wait and see what the future holds.

The next also involves school but in a different way. In my night class this week I quoted a teacher that I had in 7th and 9th grades. She was my English teacher, always my favorite subject, and she really made a positive impression on me. After the class I came home and decided to search for her on the internet. Voila! So if you saw the comments on my last post, you will know that I found her.

The experiences that I had in school were very different from those of the Big Man. He went to a huge public school and had no real relationships with his teachers. My school was a good size for a Christian school, but there were still only 42 in my graduating class. It was connected to our church in which we were very active. Because of school and church activities, it was not unusual for me to be there 7 days week. And I absolutely loved it. I am still in touch with many people from school, and while it wasn't perfect, I am thankful for it. And I am thankful for "Miss Massi" writing back to me!!!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Back in the land of the living

We are pretty much all well again. The Big Man is recovering and is back at work. The kids and I are okay, and we're all just hoping illness is behind us.

Not much to report. My parents are making plans to come here in a couple of weeks. That should be fun. We haven't seen them since Christmas, and T. Willy always has some new tricks to show them. Today's trick? He has figured out that if he licks his hand and lays it on the freezer shelf, it sticks! Don't ask me how he learned it, I'm just hoping he doesn't figure out that his tongue will do it too!

Have a great day!