Monday, August 18, 2008


This is Amelia, Caroline and Mollie. Caroline and Mollie are the best of friends and Amelia is constantly trying to keep up. It is soooooo cute. Mollie started Kindergarten this year and her and Caroline call each other at night to talk about what they are going to wear the next day to school. Today Nick tried to match them too. He was not happy with me when he discovered I told him the wrong color shirt. What can I say.

Hope everyone had a good day!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Well we survived week one! Whoo hoo! Thursday was the hardest and the day I was the most tired. The kids had a great week although I think they are still tired. Lots of crying and whining. My least favorite thing about school.

I'm kind of sad because we went to the pool twice this weekend but both times the water was too cold to get in. So sad! I'm already loosing my tan. It is amazing how fast I loose it. Oh well.

Saturday was Aunt Mel's birthday so a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her.

Nick had a ball scrimmage on Saturday morning. He looks so cute, but like a big boy now. He did very good fielding which is what they have been working on the most in practice. This one will be hanging in Nick's room. It is my favorite.

Today I taught my first kids bible study at church. I am a 3rd grade room and it was good. After church we went to Amelia's birthday party. She turned 3 this week. The first time I held her in the church nursery she was 2 or 3 months old. Wow! Nick is her favorite and she was very excited taking this picture. The party was at Tony Boom-Bozz (where Eric works) so the kids all got to make their own pizza. They thought that was very cool.

This is my favorite picture from the 100 I took today. I love the color and the angle. I think this will probably be on Lesley's wall.

We are ready for another week of work/school I think! Nick's bball games start tomorrow night. We have open house on Thursday. Caroline starts gymnastics tomorrow night also.

HOpe all of you are doing well and enjoy the post. Check out the one under this bc I posted 2 tonight. Love you all!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day 2.....done

I'm exhausted. 24 2nd day kindergarteners is crazy. Whew. I don't even know how to put my experience the last 2 days into words. They are all so cute and WILD. The job is very busy (which is fine with me bc it goes faster) and right now very chaotic. They keep telling me it gets better with every day. I hope so.

The teacher I'm working with has been nice so far, although she is not known for being nice. Lets hope it lasts. It concerns me a little, but I'll deal with it. I'm still very excited to have my job.
The kids had another great day at school. I'm struggling with Nick to do his homework right now. Caroline has not had homework yet and that makes it hard. I'm listening to them talk in the dinning room right now and Nick said "I was wishing to go home today" Lets hope he is just talking not being serious. Nick had a paper bag in his backpack today that said Welcome to 1st grade with 2 books, a pencil and the cutest puzzle that said welcome to 1st grade I'm glad your here. Love Mrs. Speevack. I just oohed and aahed over it. What a cute idea. I will probably carry that idea with me.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

We are officially 1st GRADERS!

Well we all survived the 1st day of 1st grade. It was crazy, chaotic, and reassuring all at the same time. We on the road the school is on for 10minutes this morning to get in the parking lot. This made me almost late for work. We were walking down the hall and I just kinda shoved the kids on and said bye. I felt awful about it, but they made it to their rooms with smiles on their faces. Nick is very excited about his room and really likes his teacher. He had homework. CAroline knew she liked Mrs. ARmstrong, but especially when she didn't have homework. Here are the pictures from this morning. I love the one of her tying her shoe. They did great today. Tonight they are a little grumpy, but understandable. I'll post more later.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

PTL......I got it!

Oh my I can't tell you how happy I am. I got the job at school I was hoping for. I have been thanking the LORD all weekend. The word came Friday morning. We have spent the weekend trying to get ready for me to go to work tomorrow and the kids to go back to school on Tuesday. It has been crazy. Of course I had to have some new clothes, new shoes, and of course a lunch box. I got a cool Vera Bradley one. Now some of you can quit making fun of me for carrying a CHA lunch box.

Friday was good for the kids. Nick liked his teacher and was excited to find out her would have Mrs. Armstrong for social studies. Then he wanted to know what social studies was. Oh no it might be a long year.

We had a good visit with Grandma Betty, Phill, and Sara on Saturday. Today we did lots of shopping and returning. It took forever. I have been to Target 3 times today, but I'm so excited.

We also celebrated Sallie's 2nd birthday today. We got a cute little "pupcake" at the dog bakery and sang happy birthday. She got her haircut on Sat and they put happy birthday ribbons in her hair.

I forgot, Nick got a little boy tie this weekend at JC Penney for $1.97. This is the outfit he picked out to wear with his tie. Hillarious. I start work Monday morning so pray all goes well. I will post 1st day of school pics on Tues. Here is a pic of my "Do". Ashleigh cut and colored my hair today. John could have taken a better picture but I was trying to teach him how to work the new camera. Not a good one for sure.

Thursday, August 07, 2008


My 1st grade babies.

Ok we are into the official countdown to the start of school...4 days and counting. Yes, the summer has gone by incredibly fast. Too fast. I'm not finished enjoying my kids even though they hit a new nerve about every minute. We have had lots of family fun.
This week we:

*said goodbye to the first session of gymnastics. CAroline gets to move up to the Red Stars next week. She is very excited about that.

* NIck started baseball practice for fall ball. I can't begin to explain in words how excited he is.

* Nick was tested and is now reading on a level 3 (almost a 4). He was on zero at the beginning of summer.

*We shopped/stressed over uniforms. I officially finished yesterday. Nick outgrew all of his uniform wardrobe from last school year so he had to have all new. I had major trouble finding shorts. Thankfully JC Penney came through for me. I bought the same size shirt he has been wearing all summer and when he tried it on John looked at me and said I think he needs a bigger size. We are now wearing size 7 shirts and 7 shorts. Yes there are tears in my eyes as I type this.

* We spent a couple of evenings at the pool with Dad. Those are our favorite bc its not crowded, we eat dinner there, and mom and dad stay in the whole time. Awesome. Oh and Dad does flips off the diving board. Hillarious.

*I bought and finished this book . Even though I said I wasn't going to buy it Iwas going to wait for it to come out at the library. I folded and couldn't take it anymore, plus it was $12.99 at Walmart. Of the people I know reading it I am the first one finished, but it was awesome. I loved it.

*I put a lot of thought into the teachings of Beth Moore from the weekend and how to incorporate them into my daily life.

*Found a new favorite song. It's the kids new favorite too. "In the Sanctuary" sung by Travis Cottrell. Check him out he is awesome and Nick's favorite.

*Cleaned up the basement. Thank Goodness. It was driving me crazy. It is really bothering me bc I haven't made anything creative all summer. I have something in mind for a very special friend. Now that my desk is cleaned off I can get to it.

*STill have not heard anything from the school about the job I"m praying for. Hopefully tomorrow.

We go tomorrow for "Meet the Teacher Day". The kids will get to see their classrooms and where they will be sitting. We also get to take the 5 shopping bags sitting in my dinning room floor full of school supplies. I will be glad when they are out of the floor. Yes I said 5 bags. It is crazy what you have to take.

I forgot to post this picture, but these are really cool photo hangers from Photojojo. We hung them in Caroline's room over her desk. I wanted to put cool shots and art work on them, but as you can see she had a different idea. Look close you might see yourself. Or at least a couple of cute babies.

I ordered these cool chore cards from Aunt Mel here. The kids complete the chore and flip the card over. IT is easy for them to know what they need to do and easy for me to know what they have done.

Tomorrow (Friday): We meet the teacher, see Dr. Abbott to make sure Nick is doing ok and on the right meds, get haircuts, and watch the opening ceremony for the olympics. We might hit the pool in there somewhere too. We will definitely enjoy this last weekend of summer break with Dad. Next week back to school. HOpefully I will be going with them. I'm also very grateful I'm not feeling the same way I did this time last year. I'm much more comfortable with the kids being in school although I'm still very sad about them being so old and how fast it is going by. I will take lots of pictures this weekend to share.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Beth Moore***Awesome

Friday night I was blessed enough to be in a soldout sanctuary at Southeast Christian Church to see Beth Moore, my favorite bible teacher. Awesome is all I can say. It was wonderful and amazing. Words usually can't describe it. You can get more information about her here.This is what the church looked like all the way around. John and I think Southeast holds 14,000 people and the event was sold out.
This is from worship at the end of the event. Beth dancing right along with us.
THis is Travis Cottrell the worship band leader. He is awesome and Nick's favorite. Nick asked me to get his autograph and I was able to. YOu can find out more about him and his music here.

Oh can an update on the kids: Friday was tiger take-off and we found out what teachers the kids got. Caroline got Mrs. Armstrong (the teacher I worked with last year) which is who she wanted. Nick got Mrs. Speevack who I wanted him to have. He was upset at first because he wanted Mrs. Armstrong too, but after I told he she was really into science he was ok.

This is our last week off. WE start school next Tues the 12th. this coming friday is meet your teacher day and drop off your supplies. The kids seem to be excited about going back so that is good.

I also found out on Thursday that there might be a permanent position available at the school for me. They are just waiting on final word from the school board. We are praying I get this job for many reasons, but a few are I would have tuition reimbursement, be with the kids, and have a permanent job I didn't have to worry about from day to day like last year. Please pray for us that this is where I'm supposed to be.

Ok, we are heading to the pool to start enjoying our last week of freedom. I hope you all had as great a weekend as I have.