Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stress anyone?

As the end of the school year approaches, my stomach remains in a knot and my brain processes and categorizes information even in my sleep!

My students probably think that I am crazy.....working them harder as the days go by....but, I have always believed that "you start and finish STRONG"! Our EOC exam for English I is tommorrow.....I sure hope that my students wake up on the smart side of their beds in the morning!

Our yard is going to look like a tropical rainforest before it gets some trimming....the rain has found a spot that it likes (in the Midsouth) and will not go away! Hopefully, some spare time will find its way to our house this weekend in order to get those small....big....things accomplished!

The kids are all growing like our weeds too! Jackson will be five on the 23rd of the month....I still remember my swollen feet and my big ole' belly when I was pregnant with him; I also remember and cherish this sweet little boy...... he is like a raindrop in the desert.....much needed and loved!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Break is OVER.....let SUMMER begin!

Gosh, after ten days away from my school, my students, and my responsibilites, I hate to admit that I am so anxious for summer to arrive.

The kids and I traveled to East Tennessee last week for a fabulous, but short, visit with my family. The trip there was uneventful; the kids were great and we stopped only one time (in Lebanon) and made it to mom and dad's in 7 1/2 hours. On the other hand, the trip home lasted a little longer.....after a stop to visit Jackie in Knoxville, we headed towards the flatlands.

We had not seen Jackie in so long! We got to see Bryson too....boy, is he a doll! Jackie and Todd, along with baby sister, have to be so proud!

Madison slept only about twenty minutes during the entire ride home! Needless to say, we were all a bit cranky upon arriving at home.

While visiting everyone in Elizabethton, I went to see Nick's remodeled house; it is a truly old home with several modern touches. The original hardwood floors are to die for; the accordian type closet doors (in one of the bedrooms) are classic. Nick also shared with me a photo album of him and Doc. Nick's girlfriend had made it for him for Christmas.....what a gift! Doc was Nick's grandfather who was super special to me. He and Granny Hazel always treated me like one of their own grandchildren. When he died in the early 90's, it was really hard to imagine life without him. Looking through those pictures brought back so many memories.....especially of the way life used to be before it got so complicated!

We took the kids to Fun Expedition....a lot like Incredible Pizza.....we ALL had a lot of fun! Debbie and I played this one game that is like riding a roller coaster......it was WAY cool!

Overall, it was a great visit.....I can't wait to see everyone again really soon!

We are back to work, to school, and to baseball. Jackson is driving me crazy.....he could care less about playing baseball.....he is too worried about having some popcorn in the dugout! :)

Garrison has another tournament this weeked in Bolton; the weather is supposed to be super nice.....suntan, here we come!

I used to think that life was made up of moments worth remembering.....sometimes though, I believe that life is full of seconds worth remembering......second chances, second helpings, and second nature.......

Monday, April 13, 2009

I know....I know.....

I know that it has been forever since I updated this stinkin' thing! It has been so crazy around our place the last few weeks and I simply have not had the time. BUT, I am at my parents' house for a few days during our long awaited Spring Break, so I thought I would get back on track!

Baseball season has really started! We are either at one of the boys' practices or games five days a week. Little Miss Priss really doesn't mind either; she loves running around the field, playing in the mud, and climbing on the playground sets.

TCAP testing is over for G. Each day we would talk about how he did and I would ask several questions about the tests; G would always say, "It was easy," or "I think I missed a couple." It was like pulling teeth to get some specifics! However, I hope that he did well and I am thankful that the testing is over for now. The month of May will bring enough worry with my students' EOC tests!

Easter was a lot of fun this year! I just love hunting eggs! I believe that this is a big reason that people have kids.....so others will not laugh when a 30 something year old lady is running for the filled eggs......

Anyway.....I will do better this week with my blogging! Hopefully, I will get some new pics displayed too!


Monday, March 16, 2009

Weekend in Review.....

Even though it was not a nice weekend for the weather, it was a weekend that will definitely be remembered by our family.

Garrison was baptized on Sunday; he had a lot of friends and family there to support him.....many thanks! The service was awesome; the music and the sermon could not have been more perfect!

Madison is feeling much better since her first bout with strep throat; she is a handful. She can already say "No" so well that I am afraid she will be a bit of a stubborn child. It is so sweet to watch her interact with Jackson and Garrison; she definitely has two "body guards".

Jackson is still a super duper sweet guy! He kept asking G about his "babatizing". He said that he cannot wait until it is time for him......

We had G's first baseball tournament on Sunday (the 15th). It was chilly, muddy, and depressing. We are so "used" to winning all the time. We lost each game, but improved in each game too. G made some awesome plays and most of all, had a great time!

It is only Monday and I am ready for the weekend already!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Face Book Junkie.....

Well I bit the big one, I mean, I got internet on my Blackberry and joined the many faces of FACE BOOK! I think that there is a definite possibility that I could become addicted to the "book" though. I cannot believe how many friends I have re-connected with over the last few days. From old sorority sisters to my friends in this area, it is a cool way to keep up with each other.

One of my best friends in the world, Heather Ball, lives in FL. Although we try to keep up with one another, it is impossible to do on a monthly basis. So, we connected yesterday! I did not realize how much I miss her. We used to hang out almost every day; whether we were at the bar drinking or on the sofa eating Chinese food, we always had a good time.

One of my other sisters, Stephanie, has three kids too. She has to have the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever met in my life (and the sweetest smile). I remember Spring Break 1998 in Panama City, FL with Steph and our crew. I had given up partying all day and night and was primarily interested in getting a tan. Steph was kinda in the same boat too. But, goodness, did we stay in a DUMP.....I sure am glad that cleanliness did not matter then as much as it does now......lol:)I could go on and on about my old buddies, but I won't. I am just excited that I can communicate with them all now without any trouble!

Garrison is getting baptized on Sunday at Crosspointe Baptist Church. He has been thinking and talking about his spiritual birthday for a long time; his only real doubt was about being baptized. But, he has gotten past the fear and went in front of the church this last Sunday. What a special moment in his life; I am so thankful to God that he allows me to be a mother to such a wonderful son.

Jackson is gearing up for baseball. We spent a lot of time outside last weekend when it was not raining and forty degrees. He is such a little stud with a really sweet soul. I cannot wait to watch him grow into the fine man that I know he will be!Madison has strep throat for the first time ever! She ran fever for a couple of days and was really cranky. After a trip to Dr. Pender's office with the three of the kids, she was the only one who came out positive for strep. She was a BIG girl and took a shot to the leg. It seems to be working, but she still has a cough that is hanging around.

I have to remember how lucky I am; my time with my children is precious even if being in a small doctor's office for almost two hours leaves me feeling like I need to be committed!