Monday, September 1, 2014

Our Weekend

Why can't every weekend be a three day weekend?  They are so nice.   Especially when they happen to fall on your birthday weekend.

Friday evening we had a big dinner with our families to celebrate my birthday.  My Mommom made chicken and dumplings, my favorite, and then Andrew and I made a ham, some stuffing, green beans, and rolls.  

It was like a little holiday meal.  

My favorite part was that we were able to have both of our families here at the same time.  Andrew and I were talking and we are pretty sure this is only the third time this has ever occurred.  We feel so blessed that we love to spend time with each other's families.  

Both of my grandmothers, my parents, my brother and his wife, Andrew's parents, Cary, Cody & Pryce were all here.  

Dinner was delicious and was followed by dessert...lots of desserts!!  I ended up with not one, not two, but THREE birthday cakes.


Andrew bought me a cake which I thought was so incredibly sweet of him.   

But it was chocolate.

I don't like chocolate.

He likes chocolate.

Not me.  

I told him it was totally fine that I appreciated his thought and effort.

But he went back to the store and bought a little white cake just for me.

How sweet is he?

Then my Mommom showed up with a cake she had baked for me so I ended up with three cakes.

Someone said with that much cake I could have my cake and eat it too.

My family went home Friday night but Andrew's fam all spent the night.  

Saturday morning we enjoyed donuts and kolaches for breakfast.  

Then Andrew's mom and I hit a few of the shops on Main Street.  I really enjoyed that special time with her.

Everyone stuck around to watch the Hogs take on Auburn Saturday afternoon.  We had a good first half.  And we'll stop there - after all the Hogs stopped playing after that.

We had nachos for dinner and Oh My Word they were so good.  Andrew picked up some pulled pork from our new BBQ place.  It was delicious!!

Chris and Krystal joined us for the last part of the game and spent the night Saturday night.

Sunday was church, a Sunday nap, and some lake time.




And this picture pretty much sums up today.


We are just enjoying a lazy day at home.


It has been the perfect three day/birthday weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Prayers for a friend

It's no secret that leaving HG and starting a new job at QES wasn't easy for me.  I was leaving my best friend and starting over at a new school.  I was a little nervous to say the least.

And then I met my new coworkers.  Ya'll they are seriously some of the sweetest people I have ever met or worked with.  They immediately welcomed and accepted me into their family.  They have been patient with me as I learn the ropes and have answered my countless questions.  

It has been such a blessing to be a part of QES and to work with these people.

My coworker and friend, Theresa, is battling cancer right now.  It seems wrong to use the word battling because she has been so positive about everything.  She goes to treatment bright and early and then comes to work and spends her afternoons doing amazing things with our G/T program.  

Theresa has played a huge role in making my transition to a new school not only smooth but enjoyable.  She is an amazing person, coworker, teacher, and friend.  

I have been blown away by you and the prayers you have said for Andrew and I and our someday babies.  They have been what gets me through the rough days.

I know Theresa has had rough days and will have more has she continues to beat this cancer.  Would you please join me in praying for her and her family?  I know it would mean the world to her.


Monday, August 25, 2014

A Letter In Waiting: My Baby's Daddy

To my beautiful first born,

When I dream about you one of the things I look forward to the most is watching your daddy with you.  I know he is going to love you so much.  He already does.  He doesn't show it or talk about it like I do, but I know he dreams about meeting you just as much as I do.  

You are one lucky kid to have a daddy like him.  He will make you laugh harder than you ever thought possible.  Your daddy is constantly telling stories, making up songs, or cracking jokes.  His sense of humor is one of the things I love most about him and I have no doubt that you will love that about him too.  When you want to cry, Daddy will make you laugh.

You'll never be bored because you have a daddy who loves nothing more than to make up crazy games to play.  He and your cousins, Cody & Pryce, are always making up a new game to play.  They love a good competition.  Don't ever expect your daddy to let you win.  He won't do it.  He wants you to always give your very best and he wants you to learn to be a gracious loser.   

Not only is he funny and competitive, but your daddy is the smartest person I know.  He is going to teach you more than you can imagine.  He loves history and will drag you on many educational vacations.  But you'll enjoy them because he has a way of doing that.  His excitement for things is contagious.

Your daddy will teach you how to share the love of Christ with the people around you.  He will teach you how to serve others when he buys diapers for the single mom who doesn't have enough money or when he returns an elderly's person cart for them.  He will teach you to be thankful when he buys lunch for the soldier behind him in line.  I know because it is through these actions that he has taught me to share the love of Christ.  

Your daddy isn't perfect but he will love you with everything he has.  He will take care of you when you are sick.  He will cry with you when you are sad and hold your hand when you are afraid.  He will pray for you.  He will laugh with you.  

He will probably be your favorite person in the world.  I know he's mine.


I love you sweet baby of mine.

Mommy


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Family Vacation Part Two

I was visiting with my Mommom a couple of weeks before we left for the beach.  I was telling her all about our upcoming vacation and how much I was looking forward to it.  She brought up how blessed I am to have in-laws that are such loving people.  I couldn't agree with her more.  Ya'll I could not have picked a better, sweeter family to marry into if I tried.  They aren't in-laws, they are just family.  Andrew and I both loved every minute of our time on the beach with them.
I think it is a pretty special thing to have a family of this size.  We all love each other and love spending time together.  It's all a good time filled with laughter.

Mom & Big Man



Chris, Krystal, and Kandace

Jayna, Jessica, and Joylyn.  We missed Tony and Waylon.

Joy, Gerry, Tyler, Cody, and Pryce


Jill, Alex, Amelia, and Sydney
(They had professional photos taken so I don't have their portrait.)

Cary, Sara, Jackson, Millie, and Will

Andrew and me

This next one is easily my favorite picture from vacation. Andrew and I with all of our nieces and nephews except Waylon.  These kiddos bless my heart more than they could ever know.   Having this many awesome nieces and nephews has a way of easing the fact that there are no little ones in our photo.  

I can't wait to get it printed and framed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Family Vacation Part One

Andrew and I just spent last week on the beach with family.  It was the perfect way to spend the last week of summer.  Andrew's parents as well as all 5 of his siblings and their families were able to go this year.  We were only missing two of our guys - and they were missed.



























Monday, August 11, 2014

James Taylor

First, I just want to say thank you to everyone for the classroom love.  My classroom is my home away from home so I like for it to be a happy colorful place.  I can't believe school starts a week from today.  It's just crazy.


Andrew and I saw James Taylor in concert Friday night.  This was our second time seeing him, but this time we had front row seats.  We were pretty excited.

Andrew bought an album to have signed and he scored the first autograph of the night.



It was a great show.  He is a funny guy.  And so nice.  He signs autographs during intermission until the band pulls him away to sing again.

We hung out at the end of the show and got a picture with him.

Not the most flattering picture of Andrew and me but we're with James Taylor so who cares!