Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I think

I now have it set to where anyone can comment?! I hope so anyway!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mr. Baseball

Watch out MLB here comes your next big hitter!! Jace has been hitting this ball like this all summer.......funny thing is nobody really taught him how??? he just picked up that bat and away he went! I guess it's all those Cub games he has to watch with Papa Ron! I wish I would have captured my dad in this video......the look on his face was great! He was more excited that he is a left handed hitter! I guess that's something great in the baseball world?? It's not a very long video so if your like me I played it more than once! At the end (I cut him off) he was saying "Daddy go get it"!! Funny boy!

Can we please go again??

Camping that is......our kids had a blast! No limitations, free to run wherever they want, get dirty and not worry about a bath, no bed time (even though they were all asleep by 9:30) I would defiantly take them again! It was a lot of fun.....The only thing I would worry about next time is keeping Jayden out of those dang chiggers! I had to take him to the Dr. yesterday, he had so many bites on him! Poor guy, of all three of the kids and us he was the only one to end up with that many bites (guess he is just to sweet!!) Luckily they were able to help him out and prepare us for next time! We are talking about going again before it gets to cold. Jeff's girls didn't get to go and they really want to so we will wait until they are here for the weekend and take off again! Thanks Alfy and Kristina for letting us utilize your camp spot!

Friday, August 29, 2008

101 things I love.....

1. My kids

2. My husband

3. My Mom and Dad

4. my family

5. great friends

6. Jessica, Jackie, and Jeremy (sisters and brother)

7. long road trips

8. WINE (oooooo, sounds so good)

9. living the legacy my grandma left behind

10. my dogs Jill and Milo

11. date nights

12. pink

13. having a clean house

14. pedicures

15 watching October road

16. seeing old friends

17. making trips "home" to Riverside (I really miss it sometimes)

18. hour conversations with my mom on the phone

19. having my kids run to me after a long day of not seeing each other

20. going a day or so without seeing my husband and getting the same response as above!

21. shopping

22. taking pictures

23. my job

24. learning more everyday about my job

25. hugs

26. baseball (I have to stand my ground though, take the heat, hear the roar and say........I'm a cubs fan!!!)


28. knowing that I have "city blood"

29. also knowing I have a "country heart"

30. scrap booking

31. school spirit

32. cuddle nights that require no sex

33. sitting outside

34. giving

35. family guy

36. reminiscing


38. long showers

39. sleeping in

40. the smell of clothes when they come off the line

41. the smell of rain

42. seeing the smallest accomplishment of a child who was unable before

43 once again here I go with you Missouri folk.....IOWA HAWKEYES!!

44. running

45. old country music

46. saving money

47. the smell of Clorox

48. garage sales

49. motorcycle rides

50. flowers pick from my kids (dandelions usually :)

51. a clean bed

52. when everything is shaved and fresh (sorry, but I do love that feeling :)

53. caring people

54. my children's questions

55. parties

56. swimming

57. lazy days

58. shopping (I'm sure I said that, but boy do I love it :)

59. changing styles

60. fishing

61. my cousin Kalena

62. fresh cut hair

63. giving someone fresh cut hair

64. coupons

65. birthday cards

66. a clean car

67. my husband doing housework

68. being pregnant (not going to go there again, but I did like it, both times)

69. well, just that ( <- ) in general :o)~

70. low bills

71. COFFEE (I can't believe that's not way up there)

72. being young

73. feeling accomplished

74. painting my fingernails

75. the excitement in children

76. looking at old pictures

77. facebook

78. myspace

79. blogging

80. going to weddings

81. feeling energized

82. potatoes

83. hot tea

84. decorating

85. kisses and I love yous before bedtime

86. reading books to my kids before bed

87. long conversations

88. money

89. medicine

90. technology

91. babies

92. being a step mom

93. the sounds of the night when your windows are open

94. pictures drawn by my kids

95. new purses

96. the "I love yous" from my husband in the middle of conversation

97. horseback rides

98. peach pie

99. playing cards

100. nothing

101. being myself......without that I would have none of the things listed above!


yes...I am still alive...just haven't found the time to blog yet. Not going to bore you with boring stories from weeks ago, just wanted to let you all know I am still here!
I've been having some pretty busy days at school, in which leads to busy days at home!? go figure!
Hopefully I will get time Sunday or Monday with something fun to blog about....we are taking the kids camping this weekend with Jeff, Janean and Tana. I'm sure it will be a fun, adventurous and very inquisitive weekend as our kids have never been "camping". They will have lots to talk about! As for me I've never had to plan a camping trip (I always left it up to my parents) so this has been quite the experience getting things ready and set for the weekend.
Hope everyone has a fabulous Labor day weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

An inspiring thought to get all you teachers in the mood for school!

Author Unknown

The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure this one out."
"Yes," said the Lord, " but have you read the specs on this order?

…must stand above all students, yet be on their level... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught... must run on coffee and leftovers,... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time... must have more time for others than for herself/himself... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive... must have 6 pair of hands.

"Six pair of hands, " said the angel, "that's impossible""Well, " said the Lord, " it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!"

The angel looked incredulous, " Three pairs of eyes...on a standard model?"
The Lord nodded His head, " One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, " I understand and I still believe in you", without so much as saying a word to the child."

"Lord, " said the angel, " this is a very large project and I think you should work on it tomorrow".
"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."

The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating. "It is too soft-hearted, " said the angel.
"Yes," said the Lord, " but also tough, You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".
"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.
"Not only think," said the Lord,. "but reason and compromise."
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher's cheek.

"Well, Lord, " said the angel, your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model. You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher."

The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher's cheek. It shone and glistened in the light.

"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a tear."
"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel, "What is a tear for?"

The Lord replied with great thought, " It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class."

"My, " said the angel, " The tear thing is a great idea...You are a genius!!"The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

At last

Well, after today I'm a little happier. Found out I don't have to move after all!! They finally got everything figured out (I guess?) The situation is a little more chaotic and 1 person is really mad because she had to lose space she didn't utilize(as if?) But I think it will all work out in the long run and hopefully the school year will run a little smoother than last year. I think I'm going to go shopping this evening to get things to put the final touches on the sensory room. Now that I have it mostly set up and ready to go, I need to make it pretty now!! If anyone has any good ideas on a "theme" or just anything in general I need some ideas! I may just stick with the puzzle things Jenn had going on, I really liked that! I don't know??? Hope everyone has a good evening!