Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kind of neat

I am still teaching Reading this year, but, instead of English, I'm teaching Drama. I love it!!! And, kind of a neat thing, this flyer was already on the wall in my classroom. This is where the Big Man and I went to college, and it's where we met. We had a class together...I kid you not: theater appreciation.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Picture day

I snapped a picture right before we had school photos taken last week.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Not a bite....

But I'm not giving up.

The Big Man works with a woman whose property has a pond on it. She said we are welcome to fish there any time. So, T. Willy and I gave it a try today. We still didn't get a nibble, but it was a lot of fun.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Here's T. Willy

T. Willy is spending the night with his grandparents tonight. I know he's having a good time.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In character

So, this year is extra fun and interesting, because I have MK in my class! The class is Theater, and today they performed their first monologues. It will sound like I'm just saying it because she's my daughter, but MK seriously blew us all out of the water.

The Big Man's parents are in town, so she gave us a repeat performance. Here she is getting into character.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


That's how I feel right now. I used to have a hard time getting to sleep. No more. I am tired when it's time to be tired, and it feels good.

MK had band practice tonight. The Big Man was working, so I took the opportunity to get some work done at school. I took T. Willy with me, and we accomplished a lot and had fun doing it.

We had a few minutes to wait for MK, so T. and I got some chairs and enjoyed the slightly cooler night while watching her practice. Here is a picture.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Too busy

Whew. Things are not slowing down, and we may have one more thing to add to it. We'll know soon. So, tonight is just a picture. This was taken the other night at "Meet the Bulldogs" while we waited for MK and the band to perform.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

One more pic.

Take two

We tried fishing again today. This time the Big Man was able to join us. We still didn't catch anything, but we had fun trying. We packed a picnic lunch and made a fun day of it.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Game on....

And I'm back.

This was the craziest week. We were busy every night, and the weekend was no different.

MK went to an "all-nighter" with the church last night. She sneaked a few minutes of sleep, but after laser tag, mini-golf and other activities, there weren't many opportunities for rest. I picked her up around 6:30 this morning, brought her home, and we soon were off again.

T. Willy has joined the Cub Scouts. The Big Man took him to the registration night at his school on Tuesday, but he had to work today, so I took him to his first activity: fishing! And, as tired as she was, MK came too! I'm so glad that she did. She turns out to have a natural gift for casting. She looked like a pro! They both loved fishing although we didn't catch anything. It was just too hot, but we still had a really fun time. So, we're hoping to go again as a family soon, because I think it's something we could enjoy as a family.

We came home from fishing, showered, and left for a birthday party at the bowling alley. MK still hadn't slept after the all-nighter, but she was a champ. The party was for one of T. Willy's classmates. He had so much fun! He is so good at making himself at ease in situations like that.

Then we came home, and MK finally got to sleep. I thought she might sleep till morning, but she woke up after 3 1/2 hours. Now it's time for all of us to get some sleep. Here are some pictures...and good night!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taking a break.

I've been consistently blogging for over a year and a half. It's time for a break. See you soon.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Have I told you lately...

How much I love these girls? Here is a picture of MK and her friends. They're making chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan for dinner. They're playing music loud and dancing and laughing and having a ball. I thank the Lord that she has girls like this on her side.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Oh my soul.

This picture is of MK and my nephew J. They were both about 2, and we were visiting my parents for my friend's wedding in 1997. She and her husband just celebrated their anniversary on Monday.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


T. Willy went to a bowling party with church tonight. They fed them hot dogs and took them to the bowling alley on the bus. He had a blast. The Big Man, MK and I met him there at the end so he didn't ride the bus home. But we had a great time.

Tonight's picture is of MK holding T. Willy when he was just a day or two old. I guess I'm feeling sentimental.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Black and blue

I bruise easily. The Big Man and MK noticed a bruise on my arm the other day. It's huge, but I have no idea what caused it. Then I noticed that I have 6 or 7 bruises on my leg. I couldn't remember how they came to be either...then it came to me. T. Willy has a bunk bed. I had taken it down, but he wanted it put back together. So, MK and I managed to do it, but we didn't quite get it on the first try. Hence the bruises.

Also, the Big Man put this sticker on my car tonight. I'm so proud to be a "guard mom!"

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

World Travelers

My parents return from their trip to China today. They are in San Francisco right now, and after a long layover, they'll get home late tonight. My mom called a little while ago. They had a wonderful time but are pretty tired right now. She sent these pictures, so I thought I'd share them.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

My pretty girl

And my parents get home from China soon. Welcome home, Mom and Dad!!!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Dear friends

Chaos into order

Meet the Band, part 2

This is MK's second year in the Big Red Machine.  She took part in "Meet the Band" tonight, and I can't imagine a better way to spend a Friday night (without football, at least.) The band demonstrated their skills, and the stands were full of people watching and supporting the band.  

In addition, two of MK's very dear friends came with us just to support her.  They are two wonderful girls, and I'm so thankful that she has them for friends.  

So here are pictures of chaos turned into a cohesive unit and MK and her friends.  

Thursday, August 05, 2010

First and Ten

And 21.

Today was the first day of school. It felt like a whirlwind. This year is completely different. My schedule is jam packed, and my classes are MORE packed. At one point students just kept coming in. It turns out (according to a student, at least) that kids were trying to get schedule changes, and they were being told the only openings were in my class. We completely ran out of desks. But once we establish a routine, it's going to be great!!! My favorite part? MK (the sophomore) is in my class. I loved getting to see her. She even sat near my desk!!!

T. Willy had a great day in first grade too. He said he made some new friends, and his teacher is great. We're all looking forward to the year.

It is also the Big Man's and my 21st anniversary. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but we had a great time anyway. We went out to dinner at a newer place in town, and we think we've found a new favorite place.

The pictures are of MK leaving for school at 6:15 this morning and of T. Willy being welcomed home from the bus after school.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

T. Willy

T. Willy just showed me his muscles. I said, "Look at those guns." He said, "That's not what they're called." I explained that sometimes people say that when people have big muscles. Then he said, "Well, they're small. You should call them pistols."

Monday, August 02, 2010

We almost had a new pet.

I had a hitchhiker on the way home from school today. It made it about halfway home with me...then, whoosh, it was gone.

Why I'm up early

The reason I'm not going back to sleep is that I go back to work today. The reason I am up too early is the cat.

There is a white and grey cat that lays itself right by our back door. It drives our cat crazy. She lunges at the door crying and hissing. I can hear it from our room which I did this morning. As I got up to deal with it, I remembered that T. Willy was sleeping in the living room. He was already at my door when I was opening it. I got to the back door, and there was that cat, lying in front of the door as if to taunt our cat. It has cost me a lot of sleep, but I'm never able to catch it. I promise I wouldn't hurt it. I just want to scare it away.

Anyway, T. Willy is in our bed, and I'm getting out of it to go to work. I'm looking forward to it! I'm teaching a new subject this year, and I still have a lot to do to get ready for it!