Monday, June 20, 2011

So I know...I know...he looks just like his Daddy...he acts just like his Daddy.....but I found a few that may show...he does have just a little bit of me in him!  I know...more of his Daddy...but still...a little of me:)

My Deddy

So I found some old pics for this post. Pics of me and my Deddy...(yes thats how we say it:) )   are RARE...he is not a camera guy!  But...he is a GREAT guy! He is one of the hardest working men ever...he's worked for everything he has and wouldn't take it for free if you tried to make him! He can do just about anything and he'd give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He may not be a hugger and definitely not much on words of affection...but he'll let you know he cares in many many other ways.

And when it comes to his grandkids....he has definitely gone SOFT! They have him wrapped around their finger!
I love my dad very much!

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the BEST Daddy ever! We are so lucky to have such a great guy in our lives and Cole loves every minute with him!!! I posted a few pics from 2011 events. We are blessed to have a God fearing, hard-working, kind, caring, funny, and loving man leading our house. God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined and I look forward to growing old with this guy the rest of my life!

Spring Valley Beach

We went o Spring Valley Beach on Saturday with our Sunday School class. We had a GREAT time! We are really enjoying our time with our new group of friends..some old and some new. Cole has a great time with the kiddos and everyone has welcomed us right in....we look forward to serving with these friends for years to come. God has been so good to us and is plugging us right in where he needs us!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


So a popular topic keeps coming around in conversation lately in lots of places where I go...teaching. I have heard lots of things lately due to the recent pay-cuts and budgets....I hear...."Do you regret it?" "Do you wish you would have done something different?" "  " I guess they are getting ya'll for those summers off now huh?"   You name it...I have heard it and I have put a lot of thought into it lately. No I don't regret it. No I don't wish I could have done something different....unless of course my Nashville career could have taken off :)  . And technically we don't have summers off and receive a free  paycheck in the summer. They just spread our paycheck that we earn for 9 months over 12 months.  So for example if you make 100 dollars a month you would only get 75 so they could spread it out over the summer.
All that answered...I don't think you go into teaching for the money or the summers off....atleast good teachers don't. Teaching is a calling. Its something you know you want to do. I knew early...I tried to run from it and do nursing...but it found me again & again and I knew it was what I was supposed to do in my life. And I know I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. And that in itself is fulfilling. I love my job. I love the place I work. I love the people I work with and the people I work for. How many people can actually make those statements?
No I don't make a lot of money. Yes my paycheck in declining each year lately.  Yes I spend my own money on my classroom events. Yes I purchase things for my room all the time because the state and federal government no longer gives us a dime. Yes my work follows me home at night when I worry about a child. Yes  I work for free on any event that takes place after 3:15. NO I DO NOT REGRET IT.
I still feel called to teach. I still love to see those babies walk in that first day of school in their best outfit purchased from a Nana. I love little one that blinks back tears trying to be brave walking down that hall and looking back at the momma crying her eyes out in the lobby. I love to hear them singing our new songs after that first week of school and that first...I love you Mrs. PRICELESS and money could not buy it.
I love to hear that timid little voice sound out their first word and the light in their eyes when they realize THEY CAN READ! I love to figure out a huge letter string that is supposed to be a sentence and laughing when I finally realize what it says.
I love to tame that little boy who gets dropped off the first day and Dad yells'll be calling me to come get him in a little bit. I love when he gets a little structure and it changes everything about him.
I love to see which little boy is just a lil country and decides to water the grass on his own at recess and which little girl cries at the top of the big slide that first time on the playground.
I love that everyday is different and everyday is what you make of it! I love that they still believe in magic and make-believe...leprechauns and elves and fairies! They listen to stories and they love to sing.
No everyday isn't perfect...some are just terrible...come see us in May:)  But the good days definitely outweigh the bad....anytime!  And even a bad day can be changed in an instant.
No I may never have enough money for a condo or lakehouse. I may never see a cost of living raise again. And I am sure people will say the say things the rest of my life...."I bet you wished you had done something different."
But I am sure my answer will still be the same...I love my job. I feel blessed to have it. Holidays & summers...yes they are a perk. Its great "mommy" time. But thats not why I chose this chose me!

Summer Days

Look who came to swim with us! Baby Luke! This was his first water experience he LOVED it! He was such a good boy and floated and napped! He is getting so big...too fast! He already weighs 15lbs 8oz at 12 weeks! Cole better watch out...he might catch him sooner than we think:)
He is so stinkin' cute!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

AA Again!

We enjoyed another great day at Alabama Adventure this week. Ashton spent the night Monday night and then Addy joined us and me & TaTa survied all 3 in the waterpark. They played great together and all was well until poor Cole had a battle with the concrete and the concrete won! Then it was time to pack it up and head home!  They were exhausted! 

Daddy Time!

Cole and Blayne now have a new favorite  time together...swimming at night!  I do not like to swim when the sun goes down...too chilly for me...they LOVE it! When its almost time for Blayne to get home...Cole starts planning it... me and Daddy are going swimming and he gets really excited about it:) I guess the little cheap pool will be well worth its money by Septemeber:) 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Alabama Adventure

Well...let the weekly Alabama Adventure trips begin!!
We had a great time last year...but this year is even better.... no swim diapers:)
We had a great time today! 

Monday, June 6, 2011

CapBall Team Party

We celebrated our team party at the Baron's game Friday night. The kids had a great time and most of us made it to the end & the fireworks were fantastic! I am so glad we were able to coach his team this year. We had a GREAT time and since he is a boy...I know my time to actually help is very short so I am thankful for this time in his life. He had a great first year and we were able to meet a lot of people that he will play and grow up with through the years & we are excited about such a great group of kids and parents!