Friday, December 31, 2010

Project 365

I set out back in January with the intent of completing Project 365. I had the same goal in 2009. I made it all the way to March that year. I'm proud to say that I've actually completed it this year. My scrapbook isn't actually finished because I'm ordering my pictures a few at a time. It gets expensive. But I did manage to take a picture for every single day this year and I hope to have it completely finished by the end of January.

I've been debating on whether or not to do it again in 2011. I enjoy looking back at what we've done over the year, but it is a lot of work. I know that I definitely don't want to "scrapbook" it again this year. That takes way to much time. I don't think I worked on any other scrapbooks this year, because every chance I had to scrapbook I worked on my 365 album.

I really think I want to do it though, because we have so many potential big things for 2011 and I want to record those. So I'm thinking I will start a 365 blog. I will just post my picture and blog each day. Then at the end of the year I will do that blog to book thing. I'm hoping this will be far easier and less time consuming.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One Proud Momma

WARNING!! I'm about to brag on my dog like he is a real child!

I'm so proud. Liam is officially house trained. He has never been a problem because Liberty was house trained. Liam just went out when Liberty went out. But he himself has never been truly house trained. In the past couple of days he has been going to the backdoor whenever he needs to go to the bathroom. When you let him back in, he goes and sits patiently by the treat bag waiting on his treat. I LOVE IT!! Not sure what it was that made all this click for the little guy, but I'm so proud of him whenever he goes to the backdoor. I don't know what will happen if we aren't watching him. Liberty will sit there and cry if she really needs to go. I'm just so proud of the little guy. Before it was hard to just get him outside. He's afraid we will leave him out there.

He's a big boy now!

Lunch With a Friend

I just got home from having lunch with one of my very sweet friends. Her name is Jennifer, but I know her as Slack. Slack is her maiden name. It was how I was introduced to her. And even though she is married now, she will always be Slack to me.

Slack and I met almost seven years ago when we were both working at Sonic. I was a newlywed and going to school. She was in college as well and home for the summer. I tell you this because the first few years of my marriage were not our best ones. Slack was there for me when I was upset with the husband. We got to be very close.

Now even though we live only thirty minutes apart, if that, we rarely see each other. We are both busy girls who just don't seem to take the initiative to get there. We've been known to call ourselves bad friends for this very reason.

Monday I decided I wanted to have lunch with her this week while I'm still on Christmas break. And today was the day. We met, ate, and enjoyed each other's company. After talking longer than we meant, probably making her late back to work, we left with promises to do it again soon. This is how we always leave each other. The last time we made this promise was in June.

This got me to thinking about relationships on the way home. I have a lot of relationships in my life. Some are closer than others. There are still some people in my life that I struggle to be completely open and honest with. Maybe I will never be that way with these people.

I hold a lot in. I keep a lot of things to myself for fear of what others will think. I know that I care way to much about other people's opinions, but I can't seem to change that about me no matter how hard I try. This affects my relationships. There are very few people that I can go to with anything. Slack is one of those people. She has seen my best and my worst and she loves me anyway. For that I love her.

Relationships are a two way street. There have been several times when I've told my husband "So and so didn't speak to me at all tonight." He always replies...then you didn't speak to them either. How true! We get out of a relationship what we put in. Relationships are work, at the least the good ones are. They don't just come naturally.

I have a relationship with God. It fluctuates. Sometimes I feel much closer to him than others. I know this is because of me and me alone. My God doesn't move. He doesn't change. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Hebrews 13:8) I love that about Him. Don't you? When my relationship suffers with God, it isn't because he isn't trying. He is always there, always desiring to spend time with me. But am I? Do I? Unfortunately the answer is no. More times than I would care to admit, I put my relationship with God on the back burner, thinking I'll do that when I get a free moment.

He should come first. All other relationships, all other things should come after my relationship with God. I've grown closer to God in 2010. I believe that. But I also no there is still so much room for this relationship to grow. My prayer for 2011 is to grow even closer to my Heavenly Father, to know Him a little better, to love Him a little more. Through growth in this one single relationship, I believe all my other relationships will grow as a result.

How are your relationships?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Open for Business

Well it's official! I've opened an etsy shop. Of course it is empty right now, but I have one. My plan is to put together some premade scrapbooks where all you do is add the pictures. I have no idea if they will sale or not, probably not, but I'm goign to give it a try.

I went to a scrapbook store while we were in Alabama. It was amazing store. I haven't been in a true scrapbook store in what feels like forever. It's a wonder I didn't spend every last penny and then some in that store. I found so many things. I came home with some cute ideas that I can't wait to get started on.

It's how I plan to spend my day tomorrow...locked up in my scrapbook room working away. Hopefully tomorrow evening I will have things to share with you and at least one item in my etsy store.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Our Getaway Week

The husband and I have been in Gulf Shores, Alabama since Saturday. I'm a little sad that we have to head home tomorrow morning. We have really enjoyed the past few days.

We haven't done anything extraordinary, just shopping, eating, and exploring. It's just been so nice to spend a few days just the two of us. This week has been all about taking it easy and enjoying some much needed time together. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Next week it is back to real life. Though I'm happy to say that I should have my husband home full time again, at least for a while. For the time being, he is finished with travelling. Can I just say that again? He is finished with travelling. This thrills me!! We've definitely learned to live with the travelling and even to make the best of it. I do believe that all his travelling has been good for our marriage in some ways, but I also know its much better to have him home.

The next few days are going to busy ones for us as I'm sure they will be for everyone. we will be spending time with our families and enjoying that time together. In just a couple of weeks we will be celebrating our anniversary and I will be headed back to work for the second half of the school year.

I have nothing else to say so I'm going to abruptly stop this post and pack my bags. Heading out early tomorrow morning.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Break Is Here....

And I couldn't be happier about it. School ended at 11:15 today and it wasn't 11:16 bfore I was out the door. I've been looking forward to this two week break for a long time. Yet I have to say, where has this first semester gone? This year is flying by!!

A big part of the reason I've been looking forward to Christmas Break is because the husband and I are going to the beach!! Yeah Baby!! He is on his way home right now and we are packing up and heading out in the morning. We are Alabama bound.

I'm really looking forward to this trip. It's a full week with my husband and now work. Plus we won't to check out the area. We've been doing some serious praying and we both feel like we aren't suppsoed to be in our current location anymore. We feel God calling us to something different. As of right now we are looking at Alabama as that some place different. I've been praying that God will reveal his will to us this week. Where and how specifically does he want us to serve.

Sometimes being a grown up is hard!! One moment I have such peace about Alabama and the next I'm filled with fears about it. One thing I know is that I firmly believe about two months ago God told me to get ready to move and start fresh. So we'll see.

Either way tomorrow the husband and I are taking a getaway trip and I'm really looking forward to it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

An Early Christmas Present and a winner

My laptop has been falling apart for quite some time now. I've been so subtly dropping hints for a new one. To be honest, I didn't really think I would get one for Christmas. We hadn't looked at any and I didn't know when the husband would find time to buy one with his crazy work schedule.

Saturday afternoon right after we got home from our nephew's 3rd birthday party, I was going crazy turning the house upside down for a coupon. I wanted to go right then and buy gifts for a couple of friends. As I'm going wild through the house, the husband says he has to go get something out of his car. he goes outside and comes back in all while I'm in the back bedroom. When I walk into our bedroom, a new laptop is sitting on the bed. EXCITED!!! He said he thought about waiting until Christmas, but he wanted me to have it for our vacation next week.

I love it!!!! It's a Gateway and is huge. It is much bigger than what I'm used to because it has a 10 key. I know I'm going to love that when I'm putting grades in the computer. He really is the best.

And now for a winner.....I'm so excited to share Holiday Inn with you. The husband was shocked that some of you haven't seen this movie. :)

I used to choose a winner.

The winner is Shelly!! Shelly, I will give you the movie this week at work. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Cinema

I will never forget my first Christmas as a married woman. It's one of those stories that Andrew and I will share with our children when they get married. It was a true test of our love for one another. Maybe I'll share it with you sometime. Let's just say for now it was a White Christmas and here in Arkansas white means ice not snow. That not so wonderful ice meant we spent the night with Andrew's parents on Christmas Eve. Don't get me wrong, I love my in-laws, but I wanted to be with my family. I was a little homesick.

There I go getting into this story that I wasn't going to share with you quite yet. Let's move on. So there we are at the in-law's house on Christmas Eve. A couple of Andrew's siblings were there along with there spouses. It was a Weaver tradition to just hang out and eat chili and drank apple cider. This particular year, my father-in-law was begging everyone to watch It's A Wonderful Life with him. No one wanted to watch it. They all claimed they had already watched it once that year. Some even claimed they had watched two or three times that year. Maybe they had. I was still a fairly new Weaver and being the shy girl that I am, I was just sitting there quietly taking it all in. Finally my father-in-law asked me if I had seen it this year. I remember meekly telling him that I had never seen the movie. His face lit up. He was so excited that he was going to get to share this with me. We watched the movie together as everyone drifted into another room to do their own thing.

Yes, before marrying my husband, I had never watched Its A Wonderful Life. Truth be told, I had never seen a black and white Christmas movie. They weren't on the list of must see movies. I was young and assumed that all black and white movies were boring.

Christmas movies are another one of those things that Andrew and I very rarely agree on. You see I love those cheesy made for TV Christmas movies. Every year I look forward to The 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. The husband...not so much. We do agree on a few good ones such as Charlie Brown Christmas, The Santa Clause (all 3), Polar Express, and one or two more.

A few years ago he introduced me to White Christmas and Holiday Inn. I LOVE these movies and they are now on the must see list every year. Next week, I'm going to see White Christmas in the theater. I'm really looking forward to it.

I have Holiday Inn set to record on my dvr as soon as it comes on this year. And even better, I have a copy of Holiday Inn on dvd for one of you. I want to share this classic with you. If you have never seen the movie, you are in for a treat. If it is one of your favorites too, then you know it needs to be added to your collection.

For a chance to win Holiday Inn, blog about your favorite Christmas movie(s) and then leave a comment with a link to your post. If you don't have a blog tell me about your favorite movie in a comment. The blog will end this Saturday, December 11 and I will announce the winner on Sunday.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Hint of Christmas

As of this moment, our house shows no sign of Christmas. The usual red and green C9s that adorn our rooftop are still packed away in the attic where they will stay for at least another year. Keeping them company is our tree, ornaments, and all other Christmas decor.

The husband has been gone all week and will be gone for the next two. He decided he didn't want to scale our rooftop to put up lights that will triple our electric bill when he won't be around to enjoy them. While this makes me a little sad, I see his point.

As for the tree and all the things that happen inside the house. They are just at the bottom of our priority list this year. I honestly don't think we will put up a tree this year. I know I can't believe I just typed those words either. And believe it or not, this is coming from me. The husband didn't pressure me into feeling that way. I just feel so overwhelmed with everything that needs to be accomplished that I can't seem to bear the thought of adding decorating to that list.

Maybe I can come to your house and enjoy your tree for a couple of hours. :)

But their is a hint of Christmas in our home. We received our first Christmas card in the mail this week. I absolutely love getting Christmas card. It thrills to me to see which card everyone picked out and who we will receive cards from. Of course I don't have my usual display for the cards, but that's okay.

We also received our cards in the mail this year. I ordered them from shutterfly and am really happy with how they turned out. Now I just have to complete the daunting task of addressing the envelopes and getting them in the mail. I really hope to have that all finished by the end of this next week. After they are in the mail, I will share them on here. I want to wait though so that it will be a surprise to those getting a card.

I still have quite a bit of Christmas shopping to do. For the most part I know exactly what I want to get everyone, I just have to go get it. I love shopping for the perfect gift for my family and friends. It blesses me to pick something out just for that person. Giving is definitely better than receiving.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Peace on Earth December Challenge

thanks·giv·ing: –noun
1. the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, esp. to god.
2. an expression of thanks, esp. to God.
3. a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
4. a day set apart for giving thanks to God.
Every year we set a part a day to give thanks. We gather with family and friends and readily share what it is we are thankful for. This day, like all others, only last 24 hours. Sure you may spend several days gathering for the occasion, but it still only a very short time of your week, month, year, and life time.
Our Father tells us in 1 Thessalonians to give thanks in all circumstances.
I wonder how many of spend that one day in November giving thanks, but then turn around and spend what is commonly referred to as Black Friday griping about the crowds, long lines, and slow traffic.
As Christians, giving thanks should not be something we reserve for one day of the year. It should be something that we do daily, hourly, even minute by minute.
I don't know about you, but it seems like as soon as Thanksgiving is over my calendar can be overwhelming. Between work and preparing for Christmas, I'm swamped. It is very easy for me to get stressed out. I struggle to stop and thank God for all the things he allows me to do. Even more, I forget to stop and ask God what it is that He wants me to do. What things should not be on my calendar?
I say all this because my two do list is already overwhelming. It's way past my bed time tonight and my to do list for tonight alone is no where near finished. At some point I have to make myself stop and let the rest wait until tomorrow.
Courtney, over at Women Living Well, understands what a busy schedule can do to us women. It affects us emotionally and spiritually. She has a challenge for the upcoming weeks to help us remember to just stop and enjoy this time of year. She challenges us to stop and spend time with our Savior giving him thanks and asking for him to continually be a part of our every day lives.
Because she realizes that this has an affect not only on us, but everyone around us, she is calling this particular challenge the Peace on Earth December Challenge. Due to his work schedule, my time with the husband this month is going to be VERY limited. I want to make sure that I'm a wife who encourages him and lifts him and not one that is a thorn in his side. I do not want ot be like annoying constant dripping on a rainy day (Proverbs 27:15).
Go over and check out Courtney's challenge. She has a video telling you more about it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. I'm still somewhat in awe at how this particular holiday has changed as I have gotten older. When I was little Thanksgiving was as big of a deal as Christmas to me. It's not that way anymore. It doesn't seem like Thanksgiving is this big hoopla anymore.

I had a two day work week this week which was SUPER nice. I'm truly enjoying this five day break. Things have just been so crazy busy. It's nice to just stop for a brief moment.

Wednesday I spent the day running errands. I had to pick up everything I needed to take to our two Thanksgiving gatherings. Why I wait until the day before to go to Wal-Mart is beyond me. It was of course crazy in there. You just have to be patient and kind. You can't be in any kind of hurry. I even went to Wal-Mart twice because as soon as I was back in my car and on the interstate after the first trip, the husband called and informed me I need to go back.

Wednesday evening we had dinner with the husband's family. I ran out without my camera. As soon as Jill post some pictures, I will steal them and share with you.

I did manage to take two picture with my phone.

My family always has chicken & dumplings on Thanksgiving. In fact, I dare say that it is the main course, not the turkey. My sweet husband does not understand this at all and absolutely refuses to eat dumplings on Thanksgiving. I have been counting down the days to my dumplings all week on facebook. When we arrived at Jill's Wednesday night I was surprised and absolutely delighted to find that my sweet mother-in-law, Belinda, made me chicken & dumplings. Didn't I tell you I had the best in-laws? They were very good!

And this is me and my sweet niece, Millie. Though I know this girl can smile with the best of them, she is always so solemn around us. Guess that is what happens since she isn't around us all the time. :(

Yesterday morning (Thanksgiving) we got up and headed to Batesville to spend the day with my family. More chicken and dumplings!!! We spent most of the day there. I really enjoyed the time. I actually took a few pictures there, but you will have to wait until later. I can't find my cable to get them off my camera.

I got up this morning around 7:30. I like to go out, but I don't want to get up crazy early. There isn't anything I really need that badly, but I can't seem to just stay home either. I managed to score a few good deals and was home by 10. I picked up a Christmas present for the husband that was unexpected, but I couldn't resist. I'm actually excited about his Christmas this year. He is so hard to buy for because he likes things that I know nothing about (tools & electronics) and is very particular. He also just doesn't get excited about gifts the way I do. But this year, I have a couple of things that I think he is really going to like.

I bought a few things for me to. I have recently discovered that I love jeans from New York & Company. They normally run between $45 and $50. I'm sorry, but I just can't pay that for jeans. But I got a pair for 60% off this morning so I was pretty excited.

Now I'm home resting while I can. The husband is about to put me to work. I just want to get the tree up, but he wants to do home improvement projects. UGH!!

Ready for tomorrow. Big day! My Hogs take on LSU for the boot!


Oh and can I just say that today is my Momma's birthday!!! She is the best. Love you Momma!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Picking The Perfect Card

It is cold outside. Not freezing temperatures cold, but cold enough. It actually feels like fall outside today and I love it! It puts me in the mood for all the upcoming holidays.

I love everything about this time of year. I love the time I get to spend with my family, the food that I smell and eat, the hustle and bustle of it all, the decorations, and that happy feeling you get.

While it is hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is just right around the corner, I'm ready. I'm even more ready for Christmas.

One of my many favorite things about Christmas is the Christmas cards. I love to pick out our Christmas card and I love to receive Christmas cards. I think my card list gets longer and longer every year. It's great!

Each year when I take my cards down I immediately get them into a scrapbook. It's fun to see how families grow and change from year to year. I just started doing this in 2008. I can't wait until I can look back at Christmas cards that are I received a decade ago. I think it will be so neat.

I've been planning our Christmas card for this year since late September/early October. You see it starts with the perfect location for our photoshoot. Then I move to outfit choices.

All that is taken care of. I am so pleased with how our pictures turned out this year. I have several that I absolutely love! While I'm not 100% sure which one(s) will grace our card, I have a few that are in the running. I'm still waiting on the husband's opinion.

I've been searching for the perfect card. I have an idea of what I want in my head, but I haven't quite found it yet. I've thought about designing the card myself this year. I've played with that some, but am not leaning to that route yet.

I recently learned that by telling you all about shutterfly, I could get 50 free cards so I check out their website. OMG. They have so many cute cards!!!

Here are just a few from their site that I like. What do you think?

You too can get 50 free Christmas cards. Just hop on over to their site to check out this awesome deal. They have so many cute cards to pick from.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bloggy Makeover

I'm ready for a new look for the old blog. I've done the past two myself and I guess they've been okay, but I'm ready for a professional job. I've been out there looking at all the different designers trying to decide what way I will go.

In the midst of that I stumbled across Little Sailor Design. She has done some really cute designs. And even better she is hosting a giveaway right now. You can enter to win a free blog makeover. Go to her blog to check it out.

I of course am hoping to win, but am leaning towards choosing her to do my makeover even if I don't win. But here's hoping. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Never Say Never

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend "A Night With The Chapmans." I really enjoyed every minute of it, but I especially enjoyed hearing Mary Beth speak. That night she shared with us something she had written in her book. She told us there were three things she told God she would never do:
homeschool,adopt, & speak in public.

God has walked her through all three of those things now. After she finished telling us those three things she looked at her husband, Steven Curtis Chapman and told him she would NEVER spend 6 months on vacation in Hawaii with him. Of course we all laugh.

I wonder how many times God has laughed and will laugh because we've made our own plans. We've said we will definitely do something or we will never do something.

Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. I don't think there has ever been a time in my life that I didn't want to teach. I have always been very specific in what I would teach. I wanted to teach history and english. I said I would NEVER teach math or science. I hated them. Do you know what I teach this year? Yes. Math & Science. And truth be told, I love it!!! Even more than history and english. God knew that.

I've said time and time again that I could NEVER be married to a truck driver or someone in the army or anyone else who was away from home all the time. I just didn't have it in me to be that wife. Well, I'm not married to a truck driver and I'm not married to someone in the army, but I'm married to the IT guy of a lumber company. Right now that means I'm married to someone who travels a lot. And you know what? God has not only walked me through that, but he has used to strengthen my marriage.

I'm sure there are plenty of other things I said I would never do because I couldn't and God has walked me through it anyways. Math, Science, and a traveling husband, are just the two that are prominent in my mind right now.

I am so thankful that God knows better, that his ways are higher. I'm thankful for the reminder that I'm not in control. He knows what He is doing and doesn't need my help.

What is something you said you would never do that God has walked you through anyway?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My New Toy

Last night, Andrew and I bought me a new phone. I asked around before making a decision on what phone I wanted and everyone told me the iPhone was the best. I just didn't want an iPhone. I don't dislike them. I just wanted something different than everyone else.

I went with a new Windows 7 phone. The Samsung Focus. The phone I had was a Samsung and I really liked it.

Other than a few frustrations, I really like the focus. The moron at the AT&T store deleted all my contacts. GRRRR!! It has been a very frustrating process. I don't even know what numbers are missing because I had so many. I've been trying all day to get some of them back. Between the husband and my Momma, I got a few.

It really is a neat phone though. I'm enjoying playing with it. I was so behind in the world of cell phones. It just amazes me that when someone calls, their facebook picture pops up.

Aww.. the little things!

My only other complaint is that because it is so new (just came out Monday) I can't download any ringtones. At least I can't figure how to. The ones it came with totally stink. I like just a normal ringtone that sounds like a phone is ringing. This phone doesn't come with a single ringtone like that.

I'm sure there is a way to get a ringtone. I just still have lots to learn.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fighting the Static

After looking at our photos from Saturday, I've decided to keep my hair long. At least for now... I just really like the way it looks in the pictures. I'm going to keep going with the way it is, at least until next month. I might do something different over Christmas break.

But, I have a daily battle with static. Actually it's an hourly battle. I don't know what to do to tame the static. I've been known to carry a sheet of fabric softener in my purse. That works well.

I'm thinking there has to be some hair product out there for this little problem. I haven't even looked. Do you know of anything?

Every morning after I straighten my hair, I look like I've touched that big ball they have in museum. You know...the one that purposefully makes your hair stand on end.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finishing Strong

So today is the last day of Katie's 30 day challenge. I've enjoyed it, but am ready to post about whatever again. The last challenge is to share a picture. It's perfect timing. I can share with you just a few of the 80 something shots from our photo shoot this past weekend. Uncle Kevin got some great shots. I don't know how I will ever pick just one. Let me know which one is your favorite.

Monday, November 8, 2010


I can't believe we are almost finished with this 30 day challenge. What will I blog about when it is over?

We are sharing our wishes today.

My wish today is just that God would use me to share Christ with others and that they would accept Him.

On a selfish note, I wish we were debt free! We are getting there, but sure is a slow process.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Showing My School Spirit

This week is Homecoming Week at School. That means we are dressing up each day.

As Student Council sponsor, I'm responsible for coming up with the dress up days for middle school. Well not really me so much as my kids. I find ideas and then they vote.

However, they don't get a choice on Monday. It is one of my favorite days of the year. Monday is always Get Up & Go Day. That means I get to wear my pjs and houseshoes to school. I LOVE IT!!

Tuesday is Twinkie Day where you and a friend dress alike. I bought a shirt that says something about Twinkies that I'm going to wear. I think two of my coworkers are going to wear the same thing.

Wednesday is Nerd Day. I will be sporting the same outfit as last year. Nothing new here.

I'm struggling with Thursday. It is Celebrity Day. Dress like someone famous. I have NO IDEA what I should do. I would like to come up with something clever that will make my kids think. But I don't want to be someone or something that they will never figure out. Anyone have any ideas? I'm willing to go buy "supplies" but I would like to find something easy & cheap.

As always, Friday is Cardinal Day. I will be wearing school colors.

And don't worry. I will share pictures!

I really enjoy this week. The students love that I dress up and I love that they love it. :)

It's a crazy week though. This week always challenges my classroom management skills, which is a little scary. This year they are already being challenged enough.

Here's to a week of fun!!

LB Squared & Stress

Catching up! I'm going to do yesterday's challenge and today's challenge here in hopes of getting caught up on something.

Yesterday's challenge was all about the pets. My pets are more than just pets. They are my babies. Yesterday we did our annual photo shoot and it was strange to only do a few pictures with them. They have graced every Christmas Card since they came into our family.

Liberty Belle Weaver is our first "child". Her name has a story behind it that you can read all about here. She has been a wild and crazy adventure from day one. She has destroyed walls, carpet, baby gates, pillows, and many other things. And when I say destroy, I mean truly destroy. We had to get rid our our carpet because she ate through one day, foam pad and all.

But I love her! She's my girl. She is my little brown shadow. She never likes to be too far from her Momma. On the rare occasion that Andrew comes homes before me and lets them in, she immediately starts looking for me.

She absolutely hates to ride in the car. It stresses her out. She wants to be in the driver's lap and she spends the entire time panting and shaking like crazy.

She hates to wear clothes, but loves her blanket. We can say, "Lib get your blanket and go to the night night." and she will grab her blanket and go to our bedroom.

She can jump higher than any little dog I've ever seen. She clears the couch no problem. She has jumped from the floor onto the dining room table and even from the floor onto the kitchen counter. She jumped onto the counter because I was sitting on it crying. She doesn't like it when I cry.

She is my back cuddling puppy. We sleep on the same pillow with our backs against each other.

She is absolutely crazy, but I love her.

Liam Bailey is the total opposite. He is so sweet and cuddly. He loves to just come and lay on your chest and bury his little head into your neck. He will cuddle with just about anyone. He loves to make new friends.

He is a dog's dog. He LOVES the car. If I say I'm going bye bye he gets all excited and runs to the front door. He walks out and jumps straight into the car. I roll his window down and he is as happy as he can be. But I leave without him, he is not a happy camper. Andrew says he will cry the entire time I'm gone.

He is a Momma's boy. He is scared of everything. The slightest little sound and he takes off running to his bed. He is our snoring puppy. He sleeps on his bag, paws out in front of him and just snores away. It is so cute.

Liam loves to wear clothes. He comes running whenever I pull out one of his shirts. It is so funny! I think it is because he is a cold nature little dog. He prefers to be cuddled up next to someone or under a blanket.

I love my furbabies! They drive me crazy at times, but I don't know what I would do with out them.

As far as today's challenge goes....being behind, like I am now, is what gets me stressed out. When I feel like my to do list is far longer than what I could ever get done in the allotted time frame gets me stressed out. Paperwork can get me feeling a little overwhelmed. Most of the time I just look at Drew with my long to do list and let him know I'm feeling overwhelmed and that I need his help. He can always tell when I'm to THAT point and he will help me however he can. He's great like that!!

On a totally different note. We finally did pictures yesterday as I mentioned above. I can't wait to see them. I think Uncle Kevin got some good ones. He always does. But, these pictures have been the reason I haven't cut my hair yet. That excuse is gone. Now I have to decide if I'm brave enough, really ready to cut my hair. We shall see!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

We Are Family!!

I LOVE my family. I couldn't have asked for a better family to be born into or a better family to marry into. God has truly blessed me with an amazing family.

Yesterday, Katie asked us to share pictures of our family. You should be warned now, this post is going to have a LOT of photos.

Let's start with my immediate family. If you have been reading this blog for very long you know all about me, the husband, and the furbabies. Andrew is absolutely my best friend. He is an amazing man who loves me than I deserve, even when I'm not easy to love. He is incredibly smart and talented. He works so hard to provide for me. He doesn't look too bad either. :) Miss Liberty Belle will always be my first child. She has taught me more about patience than I could ever share with you in one post. Liam Bailey is my sweet cuddly boy. He has taught me that my heart has room for two puppies. :) I'll share more about them in today's challenge which will be all about them.

As for the family I was born in to.... My Momma is my best girlfriend. We are so much alike that it is scary at times. I can cry my heart out to her about anything. I love to hang out with her every chance I get. I so wish they lived closer. My Daddy is just Daddy. I definitely think of him like every little girl should think of her Daddy. He's my hero. He loves my Momma and works hard to take care of us. In my eyes, he can do anything. Seth, my sweet baby brother. I love the young man he has become. He is so sweet although I think he tries to hide that at times. He is so much fun to hang out with. I cherish the time I get to spend with him. I know that when God sees fit, he is going to make a wonderful husband.

The In-Laws.....That really isn't the right term. In-laws has such a negative connotations in today's world. I hear so many jokes and stories about how awful the in-laws are. I just feel sorry for those people and so thankful that God blessed with the perfect in-laws. They are my family. I love them dearly. Daddy & Momma Weaver are wonderful. They love me like one of their own. I could share story after story of times when they have made me feel loved.

I grew up with just the one brother. when I became Mrs. Weaver, I gained a whole big crew of brothers and sisters. And I LOVE it.

Andrew's oldest brother, Chris is married to Kerri. Kerri has two daughters, Kacie & Kaitlyn, and they have Kandace. They are a beautiful family that we enjoy hanging out with.

Andrew's older sister is Jayna. She is married to Tony. They have three kids, Jessica, Waylon, & Joylyn. They are such a sweet family. I think of them as the quiet ones. I'm not sure a quiet Weaver even exist, but they are as close as it gets. :) We don't get to see them nearly as often as we would like.

Next in the line up is Joy and her husband Gerry. They have the three boys, Tyler, Cody, & Pryce. Joy and Gerry are such a godly couple! I love to spend time with them. I always leave filling a desire to know God in a more intimate way. We love the boys too! Andrew loves to hang out with them and play ball.

Jill is married to Alex. They have sweet little Amelia. Jill is very near and dear to my heart. She is the sister that scared me when I first started dating Andrew. :) She loves her family and you just don't mess with that. Alex is Andrew's boss so they of course spend lots of time together. And Miss Amelia...Well you know what we think of her. I get to hang out with her Tuesday evening and to say I'm looking forward to it would be a huge understatement.

Last but not least is Cary. Cary is married to Sara and they have Jackson & Millie. Cary is probably Andrew's best friend. They are two years apart and as far as I can tell have always been close. Andrew really looks up to Cary. I can't tell you how many times we've been debating a decision about this or that and Andrew has called for Cary's opinion. Sara is a lot of fun too. And creative!!! That girl could make anything. Jackson and Millie....I miss getting to see them on a regular basis. Jackson is a hoot! Millie is just as sweet as she can be. She celebrated her 1st birthday today. Millie, Uncle Andrew and I wish we could have been there. We love you sweet girl!!

So that's the family! I can't say enough about how much I am truly blessed to have each and everyone one of them as my family.

Friday, November 5, 2010

So Far Behind....

I have been so far behind this week. Missing school is hard on a teacher. In fact, I think it much harder to miss work than to be there. I have spent this week getting caught up on the three days I missed last week. That has only served to put me behind on this week.

I'm even behind on my blogging. My Internet decided to quit working this week. So frustrating. It always seems to do that when my IT guy of a husband is one the road. He literally walked in tonight and had it working in about 2 seconds. Love that man!!

Wednesday's challenge over at Katie's blog was to share something we have learned. Hmmm.... What have I learned that is worth sharing. The one thing that comes to mind is something I'm still working to put to practice. Happiness is a choice. I'm the only person that gets to decide if I'm happy or not. No one else gets to determine how I react to any given situation. Life can stink at times, but it is my choice and my choice alone how I respond to the people around me and the circumstances. I can look to anyone else for my happiness. At least not anyone on this Earth.

Thursday's challenge was the iPod Shuffle. We're supposed to put our iPods on shuffle and list the first ten songs that play. I've been looking forward to this challenge. I have a ton of stuff on my iPod and a pretty big variety. I'm curious to see what songs pop up. I'm going to cheat a little. I have three or four versions of the Bible on my iPod. I'm going to skip when those come up and just do the first 10 SONGS that play.

1. Ooh La La by Rod Stewart
2. Take it All by Hillsong United
3. Get Rhythm by Joaquin Phoenix
4. Dive by DC Talk
5. We Belong Together (Tarzan & Jane) by Steven Curtis Chapman
6. Cry for Love by Michael W. Smith
7. Cheers (TV Themes)
8. Perfect Strangers (TV Themes)
9. Every Little Thing by Hawk Nelson
10. El Shaddai by Travis Cottrell

There you have it....Interesting Mix.

I'll finish getting caught up this weekend. The husband is home, but just for the weekend. Our only plans are pictures tomorrow. We are going to take it easy and just rest from our weeks.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I've Got The Fever!

It actually feels like fall outside today. I walked out of school and was hit by this wonderfully cool weather. Then it started misting. It was perfect. Felt like fall.

But this kind of weather does something to me. As soon as I got in my car I put on my Christmas music.

Yes, you read that right.

I stand firm in my belief that it is never to early for Christmas music. I had to listen to "Baby It's Cold Outside" by James Taylor. LOVE IT!!

I wanted to come home and curl up with a bowl of chili and a good book.

Instead I came home had a grilled ham & cheese (which was very yummy) and curled up with a huge stack of papers that needed to be graded. :) Missing three days last week is kicking my fanny.

I have to miss to class periods tomorrow afternoon too. I made a dentist appointment because I've had a toothache since Saturday. You know it hurts if I'm voluntarily going to the dentist. If you know me at all you know that I despise the dentist. I cry every time I have to go, even for just a teeth cleaning. I'd rather get a pap smear every day of my life than to ever have to go to the dentist. I hate it that much.

Hopefully there isn't anything too major that is causing this awful toothache.

Since I've already wondered off from my original thought, I'll go ahead and throw in today's challenge from Katie. She is asking us to share our favorite vacation.

That's a toughie! Any vacation is a good one in my opinion. I have loved all of our vacations for different reasons. I have to say that I really loved DC. It was the first vacation Andrew and I took by ourselves since our honeymoon. It was a lot of fun and educational too!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

30 Days: My Favorite City

I'm a country girl at heart. I don't think I would ever want to live in the city. favorite city is one that was fun to visit.

Washington DC

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Who Dat! 30 Day Challenge

I thought I would combine Katie's challenge today with a "normal" post. Katie's challenge today is to share a picture of yourself. Not my favorite one so far. :)

Wednesday morning 4 of my coworkers and I headed out for New Orleans. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics held a conference there on Thursday and Friday.

It was a long drive down, but it was a lot of fun. We talked and laughed until we nearly cried. I am incredibly blessed to have coworkers that I enjoy being with.

We got into town Wednesday night around 7:30 and were exhausted. We grabbed dinner in the hotel restaurant and then went to bed.

Thursday morning we woke up and got ready for our first day at the conference. I attended some great workshops. They also had several exhibits there with different companies presenting their ideas/products. I purchased a few things that I'm really excited about. Teachers, you should totally check out Faceing Math. It's great! They have something for all grade levels. If you don't have math, they have something for you too.

One of my coworkers has an aunt who lives in New Orleans. She made reservations for us at a fancy spancy restaurant called Dragos for Thursday night. It was really yummy. I even got brave and tried fish.

Friday after the conference, we went to the aquarium. Oh My Goodness! It was so neat!!! My two favorite parts were where you walk through a tunnel and fish are swimming above you and around you and getting to watch them feed the penguins. I LOVE PENGUINS!!

We also walked through the Riverwalk several times while there. They had some great shopping and food.
On the trolley

Friday night Starla's aunt treated us to Beignets and hot chocolate. Beignets are French donuts. They taste a lot like funnel cakes.

It was definitely a great business trip! We had so much fun!! And I learned some too!

But, I was glad to be home last night. I stopped by to see Miss Amelia Earhart and then headed home to my furbabies. They were VERY happy to have Mommy home. They slept outside all week and my nephew, Pryce, came over to feed them every day. We were thankful to have him this week.