- The girls still LOVE their school.
- Grace is learning to read and doing so well! She is such a hard-worker and I am SO proud of her!
- Lilly is doing great in school, but is more concerned with her social life inside the school walls than academics:)
- Connor adores his sweet teachers and is excited every day to go. He's a very popular dude there. Every time he joins me to the grocery store I hear little ones yelling from other shopping carts, "That's Connor! He goes to my school!".
- All 3 are growing entirely too fast. Seriously. Grace especially. I'm thinking of making her sleep sitting up with books stacked on her head! It is already evident that I will be the shortest member of this family!
- My job is going great. I love teaching and getting to know my students. I have 95 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that I teach Reading skills to every day. It's a rewarding job.
- I'm still getting used to being a working mom. It's hard having to miss things at their schools that I never had to miss before.
- I value my time with my kiddos SO much more. That's why this blog has been pushed to the side. I need to spend my time with them...or sleeping:)
- It is priceless living so close to my family. My children couldn't be any closer to all of them. They love them so much and have such special relationships with all of them. The saying, "It takes a village" is so true.
- This is the first Christmas in 12 years that we won't be traveling anywhere!!! YAHOO!!!! We get to wake up and play with Santa's gifts. Be lazy. And then drive a whopping 15 min to visit the family. Sounds silly, but it will be so nice!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
FOR OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AMERICANS KNEW PIT BULLS FOR WHAT THEY DID BEST. BABYSITTING.
Astoundingly, for most of our history America’s nickname for Pit Bulls was “The Nanny Dog”. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a pit bull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults.
The Nanny Dog is now vilified by a media that always wants a demon dog breed to frighten people and LHASA-APSO BITES MAN just doesn’t sell papers. Before pit bulls it was Rottweilers, before Rottweilers it was Dobermans, and before them German Shepherds. Each breed in it’s order were deemed too vicious and unpredictable to be around people. Each time people wanted laws to ban them. It is breathtakingly ironic that the spotlight has turned on the breed once the symbol of our country and our national babysitter.
In temperance tests (the equivalent of how many times your kid can poke your dog in the eye before he bites him) of all breeds the most tolerant was the Golden Retriever. The second most tolerant was the pit bull.
Pit Bull’s jaws do not lock, they do not have the most powerful bite among dogs (German Shepherds have that honor) they are naturally neither human or animal aggressive (in fact pit bull puppies prefer human company to their mother’s two weeks before all other dogs), and they feel as much pain as any other breed (accidentally step on one’s toe and you’ll see).
The most tolerant, patient, gentle breed of dogs is now embarrassingly portrayed as the most dangerous. It would be funny if the new reputation did not mean 6,000 are put to death every day, by far the highest number of any other breed euthanized.
That’s a lot of babysitters.
(Pictured: As you’ll see, from the richest to the poorest and everything in between, in America the pit bull was the dog for kids.)
Monday, September 12, 2011
This was all I needed to hear. No matter how tired or stressed-out I get, all that matters is that my babies are happy. Money worries, lack of sleep, and my longing for my once very organized, clean, picked-up house (ha!) shouldn't amount to a hill of beans! Those are all but trivial things in life. That happiness she feels in her heart is all that matters...and those are the things that last forever.
We did a ton of swimming this summer. Here the girls are with their best friend, AC. They love her:)
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Doesn't this pix just warm your heart??!! Their boys were asleep on the floor with Lola:)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
The heat we've had lately is just awful...makes you want to stay inside and do nothing! So, to relieve you from your heat-depression (if you have it)...here's a funny moment from my life that is bound to make you laugh.
Last Sunday I had decided we were going to church come hell or high water (no odd disrespect meant with the word hell there:). I always have good intentions, but craziness hits my house like a meteor most Sunday mornings...like no matter how hard I try I can't get all of us out of the door on time, or someone comes down sick, or we have a major crying melt-down right before and I give up (it's not me with the melt-downs...usually:). And yes...I KNOW these are excuses, and there should be NO excuse. I am trying people. I will get there:)
So, back to my funny story...this past Sunday I was going to church. No matter what. But first I had to color my hair (you know, the cream you let sit 10 min then wash off...lasts about 28 shampoos or something like that). I have started finding a few grey hairs, which saddens me. But it's life. We would have been right on time if I hadn't added the extra step of getting rid of those three grey hairs! So we walk into church a few min late, and as we sit down this verse comes out of the pastor's mouth (And you know I'm telling the truth because there is NO WAY I could make this stuff up!!!) ...
Grey hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31
I laughed out loud!!!!!! Grace and Lilly looked at me like I'd lost my mind, and I did a fake cough thing to hide my insanity from those closest to me. I just couldn't believe what I was hearing!!! I was late to church because I was trying to get rid of my grey hair, and this was the first thing I heard when I walked in???
Well, you got me God. Good one. You really do have a great sense of humor. And I got it...no more excuses for church. Especially not being late because I was trying to get rid of my "crown of splendor"!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
All of the artwork in this room was done by 3 incredibly talented artists that happen to live here. This is by far my favorite keepsake to date. I went through the box of the kids artwork I am always collecting and pulled out my favorite pieces. Each frame and mat are filled with special creations from one child. I tried to arrange them in a creative way, and I think they look beautiful!
Here is our "jungle room"! If Elvis can have one, dang it, we can have one too!!!
My bedroom furniture is a hodge-podge of things given to me (Some I've had since college!) so in order for it to not look a mess, I chose one thing to focus on and then build around that to tie in the many different pieces. I chose the rug I found. I loved the colors used that aren't traditionally seen together...like the dark red, creamy yellow, and baby blue. I had furniture in those colors and painted my consignment headboard the baby blue color, and then finished off the room with my dark red curtains from Wal-Mart!