Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am soooooo sorry with a cherry on top!!! I really was going to try to post every day this week!! I really was. I have had a full Thanksgiving week off and have been enjoying myself fully!

However, something came over me... a cleaning streak. ((Shocked faces)) I know, I know but apparently the streak was somewhere within me and finally showed it self to me.

That and my Aunt and cousin should be here any minute and I needed to get my room all ready because this weekend it's the guest room. :)

So besides cleaning...and doing some much needed reading and not blogging I haven't been doing anything extraordinary.

However....however....let me just tell you this there has been a change in weather. Yup...the snow has covered our yard. Wonderful I know!:)

I need to cut this post short busy, busy the company has just arrived!! Soooooooooo.......all my bloggie peeps out there please allow me to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday Devyn!

The first time I met you I fell in love...

And now you love me back...

Happy 2nd birthday my little Devyn doop!! I love,love, LOVE you!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You gotta love it...

One of my most favorite times of the day while I am teaching, is story time. The children's faces are still flushed from running as much as they possibly could during recess. Their hair is damp from their own perspiration. Their eyes glimmer while they tell me all that they did. Or more often, what another child did that they didn't like.

I settle them down, send them each to the restroom before we have a calming half hour of coloring while I read. Sometimes I just have them rest their heads on their desks or have them sit on the floor while they look up at colorful pictures and laugh at my antics while I read.

It gives me a refreshing start to the afternoon. After being warn out over our morning routine, having lunch and thinking that small break during recess always seems to fly every time.

I love watching their faces as they try to put themselves in the shoes of the character I am reading about. I watch as their eyes catch mine when I laugh, myself, over Marc Brown's or another children's author's creative way of writing.

So, yesterday was no different. They all had coloring pages they needed to finish so they automatically sat down after their restroom break and got to it. I read a Thanksgiving book and then I had a request for a Dr. Seuss book.

After looking through a couple of books, I decided on one that looked fun. I sat on my stool and started....Fox, Socks, Box, Knox. Knox in box.Fox in socks. Knox on fox, in socks in box.Socks on Knox and Knox in box.Fox in socks on box on Knox. Ya, I could tell right there this was going to be fun.

Half way through the book when I thought I have never been so tongue tied, a little blond boy with eyes as big as quarters and green as emeralds showed me his prize winning smile and looked up into my eyes. "Miss_________ you always make me laugh so much. You are like a big birthday cake for the whole school!"

Let me ask you this. What is cuter than that???? I am a birthday cake! *Smile*

Monday, November 17, 2008

911 vs. Dial up

What can I say? *Smirk* When my younger sister is around there is never a dull moment...

This afternoon after school was over for Carole and Aaron, Carole decided to go on the Internet. Well, we are one of the very few families left that still have dial up. So, she took the phone cord out of my cordless phone next to my desk in my room and placed it into my laptop.

The dial tone went through the speakers loud and clear while she waited patiently at my desk. The noise that is famous for dial up was now being heard. (You know... I know it has been a while. It sounds like a cross between a fire alarm and a door bell gone bad.) All of a sudden in mid grinding the noise stopped. In it's place she heard a women's voice through the speakers. "911, what's your emergency?" Carole whipped her head over at my myself and mom who was looking over a craft I am doing tomorrow for school. "Did you hear that?" She asked with a puzzled look on her face. She took out the phone cord and we waited to see if they would call back. They didn't.

So, a little while later she went back on only to be kicked off by my father calling the house. While my mom talked to him she got a beep that signals call waiting. We have a system that if we don't answer the call while we are on the phone, the answering machines will pick it up. So my mom kept on talking. When she got off the phone, Carole checked the machine.

"Mom it was 911!" About 40 minutes after all this began, the dispatcher asked us to call back because they received a hang up from our house!! So, Carole called back. " called my house. I am sorry. Some how when I was getting on the Internet..." She told the dispatcher her story and then I heard her giving the dispatcher our address.

I am standing in the kitchen thinking "Okay Carole, you told her our story, you apologized, you laughed, you listened, she must understand your plight. Why are you giving her our home address?" The next thing I know she hangs up the phone and Carole looks up at my mom and myself. "They have sent a squad car our way just to make sure we are okay."

Carole gives us her prize winning smile and says "Ohhhhh, I have to go brush my hair..." Ahhh ya, just in case the cop was

LOL! I couldn't believe it! After all, Carole explained everything but they were still sending a cop.

The policeman showed up in his squad car lights and all. I saw the blue lights illuminating the windows. And said "Ohhhh Mom, he's here! And he has his lights on!" Can you tell I thought this was quite humorous?? LOL However, my mom didn't understand my laughter.

Carole opened the door and started rambling. (To us she appeared nervous, slightly embarrassed, maybe a little awe struck over his good looks.) LOL.....I am just kidding. I didn't even see her feet were standing one on top of the other, her hands squirmed. The cop listened intently, nodding his head and comforted Carole saying "That's fine. It happens."

But the man wasn't leaving. He just stood there and smiled. Carole was now getting nervous. My mom came behind Carole. "Are you two the only ones in the house?" My mom smiled politely "My son and other daughter are also here." He looked at her strangely (Everyone thinks our mother is our sister) and said "Okay, well you have a good night."

My take on this story... "The cop didn't believe a word and is staking out our house as I type.:) When the swat team comes I'll be sure to let you know. :) And this is why we need wireless!! Dad are you reading this??:)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The wave

Many years ago a nine year old girl stood in denial...
Her Papa,one of her bestest friends was going to die...
Mommy said we would see him again but that didn't take away the ache inside of her heart....
She watched as he grew weaker. She refused to go in his room...
That wasn't her Papa in there, she thought...
One day she sat in the kitchen and watched the hands on the clock go by, wishing she could go home...
Something she had never wished before when she was at her grandparents house....
Her Mimi had come into the room and looked her in the eye...
"Ginger, he is going to die."
"Please come in with me and tell Papa you love him"...
Scared to death, she went into the room that held so many memories...
And came to a stop...
His dark hair was combed back. His eyes were looking down...
Tightly she held Mimi's hand while she cleared her throat...
"Good bye Papa...I love you!"
He hadn't said a word to anyone for many, many hours...he wasn't long for this world and he knew it....

But hearing his granddaughter's voice...he lifted up his hand and he waved to me...
A day later.... twelve years ago today he walked through Heavens gates cancer free...I will see you again, papa!!!

Here's my tribute to him from last year.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Don't have a heart attack!!! bloggie peeps, I am blogging again the third time in one week. If you need some oxygen just step outside take a deep breath, count to three, sing the itsy bitsy spider, make an origami cat...

Now come back to your computer screen, sit down maybe take one more deep breath and then read on. You are not loosing you marbles, you are not seeing things. Yes indeedy, I have posted... and here all in one week. Frankly, I am proud!

How was your Veterans day, bloggie peeps? I was surprised last week, with a notice on my desk, telling me I had today off. So what did I do, you may ask? Well, first I woke up at the crack of dawn before the sun came up. I put on my clothes, my sneakers took a nice long run. I then came back home and made breakfast for the whole family. I then took a shower and wrote a whole months worth of lesson plans. I then stomped up stairs and tackled my bed room until it looked cleaner than anything!

*Clearing of the throat.* maybe I didn't do that much. *Cheeks turning pink.* Well....okay so maybe I didn't do of it! But at least I am blogging. So that is a plus anyhow. *Smirk*

Well, I decided to shock everyone of my bloggie people with another post. Maybe just maybe you will see another one tomorrow. What da ya think??? Can I do it?? We will see...we will see... Until that shocking moment where you may need a cool glass of water or a pinch on your arm just to make sure you're not dreaming. Have a great night!

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Give Away!

Mrs. H over at Birthday Cake For Breakfast. Is having a great give away. My mom actually made the things she is giving away. Let me tell ya they are plainly go check it out!

Birthday Cake for Breakfast

And so the story goes....

I know this post is a little late, but I didn't want all of you to be so disappointed. So I decided better late than never.

My sister and I voted for the first time this past Tuesday. The excitement and anticipation, the knowledge that my little vote could make a difference was a wonderful thing. I let my students get in on the excitement right before Bible at the beginning of the day.

A little girl looked me straight in the eye and said "I hope you are voting for Senator John McCain." Who said children weren't smart?? Too bad she wasn't old enough to vote!

Well, after school I went home and a little while later jumped in the car with my sister and parents and went the short distance to vote.

We were giddy as two sisters going to the circus for the first time. We got in, registered and then the moment we were all waiting for, we were getting our ballots.

The women asked us "Would you like to state your party?" Carole and I looked at each other. "Did she just ask us to go to a party?" Our eyes were saying to each other. "Republican....Demo..." Our mouths made silent "Oh's" "OH....WE ARE REPUBLICANS!!!" We nearly screamed at the poor women. She smiled sweetly and wrote it down. Next the ballots landed in our hands and my sister and I smiled at each other and made our way to the booths.

Stopping many times so dad could take a picture of each step of our voting! lol(Hey, I guess this means I am still a dedicated blogger if we had our father following us with a camera.) lol

When I stepped into the booth I knew this was a day with a story I could tell to my children and grandchildren. I can share my excitement, the joy I felt doing my part for my country. The giddiness I felt as Carole loudly whispered to me through the other booth and thinking we may be kicked out of the place.

When I had my "I voted" sticker on later in the night while I surfed on the Internet, keeping up with the election, going on yahoo news and going down stairs from time to time asking my dad how it was going on the television. It was exciting to know I helped even though the end results...well we all know how they turned out.

But, I hope you know God is in control and we shouldn't worry!

Tell me was this your first time voting, or your tenth time? How did it go?

Yes this HUGE gap annoys me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am not sure why there is such a huge gap!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Please don't put me in the bloggie jail yet....

I have been working on my "I Voted"post. However, it's taking a little bit longer than I first thought! I have no idea why it takes me so long to write a post these days the only thing I can think of is that I just can't find the time!

This weekend we came down to visit my Mimi and other family members and friends. We had a great time and we went to a big Christian book sale. I am very happy to report I found some very good deals and will enjoy listening to my new music on the way home.

I promise you I am going to try to post my big voting post tomorrow! Please stick around a minute say hi tell me how your Sunday was! lol....Posting will be soon!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't forget to vote tomorrow...

...and pray for our Country.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I think we look alike!

I thought a picture of my niece Alyvia was needed on my blog! It's been a while.:)