Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflections

2009 is at an end today and I took a little time to go back to the old blog and through old posts on this one and remember the highs and lows that made up life in 2009.
Starting with the low's so we end on a high note...
Low points of 2009:
~struggling through my Masters work and losing touch with everyone in the process
~starting the year with Kevin away at John 3:16 (kind of a high and a low)
~Kevin's Grandmother passing away
~losing my cousin's wife to cancer
~facing reality after John 3:16 Ministries
~being broke!!
~saying good-bye to my sweet boxer boy, Jax

High's of 2009:
~getting married to my best friend!
~going to St. Lucia on our honeymoon
~starting a business
~scrapbook retreat weekend (lots of laughs)
~reception at John 3:16 with tons of family and friends
~camping trips
~Bible studies
~finding and joining Indian Springs Baptist Church
~getting Stella
~rescuing Rex and fostering his brother
~surviving my internship
~finishing my Masters (finally!!)
~getting back involved with BoxAR Rescue (just as a volunteer this time around - not as a board member!)
~getting an awesome sister-in-law (I've always wanted a sister!)
~deciding to try having a family of our own (scary!)
~finally understanding that a relationship with God is the key to a happy life!

Many more high's than low's! Wonder what 2010 will bring??

I love this!

I know you've probably all seen this more than once but this video makes me smile everytime...this was just genious! I love it!!!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rewind one more time...Christmas Day

We will call this ...the year Christmas went to the dogs! ha! Christmas afternoon was at my parents house. Kevin and I had a big Christmas morning breakfast and exchanged our presents. We did stocking stuffers this year and it was fun! One of mine was a Librarian action figure with amazing shushing action. Ha! We stuffed our stockings to the brim so there were other goodies too...and of course, Simba, Nala, Rex, and Stella all had stockings that Santa didn't forget to stuff. After all that fun, we piled the pups in the car and headed to Newport. Well, my mom has 3 inside dogs and my brother also travels with his dog....so, we had 6 dogs in the house for Christmas this year. And it went well! (Probably because their grandma got them all presents too so they wanted to be extra good for her! ha!) Here are my nieces trying to get all the dogs in one picture: Kevin had just woken up from a little Christmas Day nap! :-)
Love this picture of my Bubby's fam:
The girls were also super happy that they got a Wii this year...although, their daddy and grandpa took it over! LOL!
If you haven't figured it out yet, Kevin is a big kid! heehee!
Such good car riders and it is a good thing...what is normally a one and half hour drive was a two hour and twenty minute drive home because of flooding and the interstate still being closed. Then, the road they detoured us to was also flooded so traffic was completely stopped at times.
A good family day...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Rewind to...Christmas Eve

Some got snow for Christmas, but not us, we got a flood! This will be remembered as the Christmas we had to get creative about our routes to where we needed to be. We spend Christmas Eve with Kevin's family and that morning both the interstate and the highway leaving our house were closed due to flooding. Kevin had gone to the post office and he could get there but then it took him over an hour to get home!! The post office is 10 minutes away. So, we (or rather Kevin) had to get out the map and figure out how to get to his sister's house AROUND all the flooding. We made it...later than we had originally planned...but we made it. So far, it has just worked out where we have spent Christmas Eve with Kevin's side of the family and Christmas afternoon with my side of the family. Even better, the past two years we have met at Kevin's sister's which is 35 minutes away rather than the 3 hour drive to his parents place. I can't believe I used to make that drive on a regular basis to see Kevin!!! ha!

We had dinner and opened presents before the nephews had a full out fit! LOL! Teenagers are the same as 10 year old's when it comes to presents!! :-)

Kevin was surprised and thrilled with his new chef coat! Way to go sis!

Cash - our mascot for the evening!
Rhonda also got all of us girls a matching apron - all of Kevin's helpers now match!
All in all, a great Christmas Eve of family, fellowship, safe travels and some very desserts! :-)

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

*Book #19! :-)

Here's what I thought: If you read Tuesday's with Morrie, then you will like this book too. This was a short read and a "feel good" read for me. I do not dog-ear pages in books (must be that librarian in me - ha), but I did in this book. There were a few times when I stopped reading for a minute to let the words sink in. It was a definite change of pace from my normal mystery, edge of your seat kind of reads. But it was nice to read about real people and their journey. Have a Little Faith, to me, seemed to break down religon and show what we all have in common....faith, love and hope.

This is from the book jacket if you are interested: Albom's first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Have a Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom's old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy.
Feeling unworthy, Albom insists on understanding the man better, which throws him back into a world of faith he'd left years ago. Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor - a reformed drug dealer and convict - who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.
Moving between their worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Albom observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival: the older, suburban rabbi embacing itas death approaches; the younger, inner-city pastor relying on it to keep himself and his church afloat.
As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Albom and the two men of God explore issues that preplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Although the texts, prayers and histories are different, Albom recognizes a striking unity between the two worlds - and indeed, between beliefs everywhere.
Have a Little Faith is a book about a life's purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man's journey, but it is everyone's story.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Church Home

It's official! Big day for the Benson's ~ we now have a church to call home. We've been visiting off and on all summer. Then, in September, we started going every week. We decided to go to a Sunday night Explorers Bible Study class for 8 weeks and after the class decide for sure if this was the church for us. It was AWESOME to do that Bible study because the preacher, Brother Tom, sat in on the class and we were able to get to know him. He is such an approachable person and his messages each week get us fired up. I absolutely LOVE the praise team and even find myself singing along a little too loudly sometimes. (I can't carry a tune! ha) A few other bonuses: it is 7 minutes from our house rather than 2 hours to Batesville - ha! And, they are getting ready to start a Celebrate Recovery group that we hope to be involved in and help with. All in all a great day. My cheeks hurt from smiling after church and everyone welcoming us. We even went to eat lunch with our first couple friends from church. God is good ALL the time!!

**Christmas updates and pics coming. Had to get this date recorded!! In the past few days, I have gone backwards in the blog to read about where we were a year ago and in March when we got married. It reminded me the reason I blog is to record the events in our lives. This is our online journal. If you are reading, I am glad you are a part of it! :-)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!!

We wish everyone safe travels and a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday : Waiting on Santa


Run for Your Life by James Patterson

*Book #18 in my New Years Resolution to read more this year.

My opinion: If you haven't read James Patterson before, don't start with this one. I would rate this an average book. I have still not decided if I am going to like this new series. It is the second one in the series. I just don't think you can beat Alex Cross. That series keeps me on my toes and I can't put it down!

If you are interested in maybe reading it - which I guess I didn't sell you on too well - go here to read what it's about. And, if you are a fan of James Patterson, check out his website - www.jamespatterson.com)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Anyone hear snoring?

video

Rex cracks us up with his snoring...he gives Kevin a run for his money! ha!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Vacation is HERE!

Vacation finally arrived and we immediately started out in the car traveling...after work on Friday, we headed to Rector (a long drive with dogs in tow). Christmas with my Granny is always the weekend before Christmas and Kevin's parents live about 20 minutes away from her, so we made it one big family weekend. I admit that I wasn't looking forward to traveling with the pups (I mean, ladies, you know what I mean, that takes away from your vacation because it is more work!). The pups did good though after the first night of trying to figure out what to do without a doggie door....oh, and the fact that Rex completely bolted into the woods behind their house the first night. I was in my socks, so I had to run back inside for shoes and alert everyone that I had lost my dog. This was followed by a four person dog search with no flashlight at night in the COLD...but he came back....little turd spent the rest of the weekend on a leash!!
Kevin's momma had a yummy southern dinner ready for us Friday night and a fire going in the fireplace...heaven! I love a real fireplace!!! Then, Saturday, we went to my Granny's for a family day. Some of us played a domino game - Mexican train - lots of laughter and yelling! ha!
And, of course, we got the traditional family pics in too....here is my Bubby with my beautiful niece.... My immediate fam - Bubby, Dad, Mom, Autumn, me & Kevin :-)
Sunday we booked it back here for church Sunday morning...a GREAT weekend! Love vacations and family!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Found it!

You can all stop worrying...I found my Christmas spirit at Church this morning! What a service and definitely worth getting up at 5 am to make it back home for! :-) The music was awesome, the message gave me chills and the visual of the Christmas program of the nativity scene brought tears to my eyes. Kevin and I have resolved to read the Christmas story from the Bible every year on Christmas Eve to remind ourselves what the season is about. I think my problem this year was that I was caught up in the "holiday" and the pressures of having to buy presents when we really have no extra money to buy presents with...that zaps the fun out of giving really fast! But this morning, I was reminded that it isn't about the "holiday"....we are celebrating the birth of Christ!! That is something to get excited about! (And, as a bonus, for the nativity scene the Shepard's walked in a REAL sheep IN THE CHURCH!) Cool right? LOL!
Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I wonder...

why we stress ourselves around the holidays?
why can't we just enjoy them?
I wonder...
why do we feel pressure to BUY something for everyone?
why can't we just go to school tomorrow, have the party, and go home?
I wonder...
why can't we just call it what it is - CHRISTMAS break!?!
why people complain when they haven't contributed anything?
I wonder...
why my head is pounding?
why my husband feels the need to start conversations in the middle of the night?
I wonder...
where my Christmas spirit is hiding????

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: How I grade papers


The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

*Book #17 in my New Year's Resolution to read more.

My two cents: I always enjoy Nicholas Sparks for a light read in contrast to my regular mystery stuff. I really did get into this book, but the book jacket makes it sound cheesey and parts of it are predictable and cheesey. But, there are some twists I didn't see coming and characters that make you nervous. Of course, have your tissue ready during the last 3 or 4 chapters....I'm just saying....

From the jacket: Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, particularly her father....until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she and her younger brother spent the summer with him in North Carolina.
Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist, is living a quiet life in the beach town, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will be the centerpiece of a local church. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects all of his attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer's end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the town's local heartthrob, and the last person she thought she'd ever be attracted to. As Ronnie slowly lets her guard down, she finds herself falling deeply in love, opening herself up to the greatest happiness - and pain - that she has ever known.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

To Grandma's House We Go....

Three cousins getting ready for Christmas... heehee!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Things to smile about

We had a lot to smile about this weekend. First we started Friday with Kevin being the grand prize winner in a trivia contest and winning .... drumroll ... FOUR 50 yard line tickets to the Liberty Bowl. Plus, a bunch of other stuff like tickets to a basketball game, shirts, hats, food passes to the buffet before the game, parking passes....he was one happy boy!! And, he had friends coming out of the woodwork! ha!

Saturday, we went to look at Christmas lights (it was a little drizzly so I think we'll try again on a better night) and Sunday, the pups cousin, Lucky, came over for a playdate. Look at those sweet faces ready to go to Grandma's for Christmas together! heehee!
Rex was one happy boy. He LOVES his cousin, Lucky. He even taught Lucky how to box! I thought this pic was cute because it looks like Rex is literally smiling!!

Check back tomorrow for a cute video - blogger would NOT cooperate and upload it tonight. urgh!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Please help if you can...

Most of you know that BoxAR Rescue is very near and dear to my heart. They are the rescue group that saved Rex from wondering the streets and gave our house a new boxer to love and spoil. Because of them, I have found laughter and a smile again every time I look at my boxer boy!! I know money is tight - especially here at the holidays, but BoxAR has experienced two losses today and have large vet bills that have accumulated from saving these dogs from abuse and neglect and trying to find them loving homes. Please consider sending them a donation of any amount. Even $10 would help...it all adds up!! You can donate by paypal on their website or mail a check. Checks can be mailed to BoxAR Rescue, 195 Haylea Lane, Ward, AR, 72176. If I am on your Christmas list as someone you need to shop for - then, a little card saying you donated to BoxAR in my name for Christmas is all I need! Here are the faces that were lost today by BoxAR and fortunately knew love at the end because of the awesome women in this group: Above is Connie...she went to the Rainbow Bridge last night. All of Jax's meds were donated to her but they weren't enough to get her well. Some of you donated in Jax's name when he went to the Rainbow Bridge in August and your money went to help more boxers like Connie. Lucky, for her, she was with Ms. Bonnie and knew the love of a gentle and kind person for the last of her days.
This sad boy was named Oliver and BoxAR rescued him on Thursday. He was so thin and weak that he could barely walk. Most people wouldn't touch him but BoxAR could see past the missing hair and gave him love for the last two days of his life. Oliver never made it to his forever home with a family to love him, but I know Jax is being a good boy in doggie heaven and welcoming all these BoxAR babies to play with him and Rocky.
BoxAR still has vet bills to cover for Oliver's intensive care the past few days. If you can, please help them out.
One other way to help out the many boxers still in BoxAR's care is to take your dog to Petsense in Searcy on Saturday the 19th for pictures with Santa. It's only $5 a picture and all the money goes directly to the dogs. Pictured below is one of the BoxAR babies looking for her forever home right now...Faye...you can learn more about her on the website. I have linked up the web addy at the beginning of this post and again here.
Once I was a lonely dog,
Just looking for a home.
I had no place to go,
No one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets,
in rain, in heat and snow.
I ate what ever I could find,
I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore,
My body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat
Or to gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance,
I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me
was really lots of fun.
And then one day I heard a voice
So gentle, kind and sweet,
And arms so soft reached down to me
And took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you"
Was whispered in my ear.
"You'll have a home to call your own
where you will know no fear."
"You will be dry, you will be warm,
you'll have enough to eat
And rest assured that when you sleep,
your dreams will all be sweet."
I was afraid I must admit,
I've lived so long in fear.
I can't remember when I let
A human come so near.
And as she tended to my wounds
And bathed and brushed my fur
She told me 'bout the rescue group
And what it meant to her.
She said, "We are a circle,
A line that never ends.
And in the center there is you
protected by new friends."
"And all around you are
the ones that check the pounds.
And those that share their home
after you've been found."
"And all the other folk
are searching near and far
To find the perfect home for you,
where you can be a star."
She said, "There is a family,
that's waiting patiently,
and pretty soon we'll find them,
just you wait and see."
"And then they'll join our circle
they'll help to make it grow,
so there'll be room for more like you,
who have no place to go."
I waited very patiently,
The days they came and went.
Today's the day I thought,
my family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think
It wasn't meant to be,
there were people standing there
just gazing down at me.
I knew them in a heart beat,
I could tell they felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting
for a special dog like you."
Now every night I say a prayer
to all the gods that be.
"Thank you for the life I live
and all you've given me.
But most of all protect the dogs
in the pound and on the street.
And send a Rescue Person
to lift them off their feet."
~Arlene Pace

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We need a nurse around here!

Seriously! Kevin had a scary accident yesterday. He was getting the meat off the smoker for a catering and the wind was blowing something fierce. Well, the wind caught the smoker door and blew it down and it hit him in the head. HARD! To give you an idea of how heavy this door is, I can't even lift it by myself. He said he dropped to one knee and threw up from the pain. He thought he was going to pass out but didn't. No knot but he definitely has a concussion. Luckily, his catering was at a medical place where a nurse could check him out. I admit to being scared and worried about him. He doesn't have health insurance (and before you all freak - we can't afford $600 a month to add him on mine and he can't get independent insurance so....), I talked to my school nurse and am keeping a close eye on him. He is finally able to rest and I made him come home from today's catering and go to sleep. If that would have hit him in the wrong spot, I don't even want to think about what could've happened...please pray that he doesn't have any trouble from this and just needs rest from a concussion.
And, I went to the doctor today and had 3 more "suspicious" moles removed. I don't even get nervous anymore I've had so many removed. But, I do need a nurse for the one on my back I can't reach cuz my nurse (and cook...hmmm...what's for dinner? ha!) is fast asleep!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Can't seem to find it...

My Christmas spirit that is...usually I have the house decorated by now and the shopping complete. I just started shopping yesterday AND just ordered my Christmas cards yesterday. Those are usually in the mail by now. What is the deal? Part of it could be having to put all the Christmas presents on a credit card just zaps the fun right out of it! Oh well, I know we aren't the only ones struggling. And, if starting a business was easy, everyone would be small business owners. This sacrificing is all going to be worth it. We aren't as bad off as some people out there...we are able to pay our bills. We just don't have any extra. I like to say we are living on love around here! HA! We are going to look at Christmas lights this weekend, maybe that will put me in the Christmas spirit - looking at Christmas lights and getting Christmas cards are my two favorite things of the season. Anyone have some motivation?

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's for the dogs...

Kevin was Santa at TSC yesterday...for the dogs (the BoxAR dogs)!! BoxAR raised almost $900 in two days, so it was worth it. Right Santa? It was nice seeing people I hadn't seen in awhile and meeting some new BoxAR members since I've been preoccupied with my master's and stepped away from helping. I am easing my way back in but don't plan to sit on the board this time around. It's all for the dogs... :-)
That's all you get picture wise...I think our Christmas card pic is coming from this batch. I am super behind in getting those this year! oops!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mission Accomplished!

Saturday was a BIG day! I gave my portfolio presentation at UCA for my Master's degree and am now officially FINISHED and have a Master's degree! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! And, as nervous as I was, my presentation went great. Well, once we got my flashdrive to work. I almost had a panic attack when the computer wouldn't recognize my flashdrive in any of the USB ports, but after a few nerve wracking minutes, all worked out. I cracked a joke, the audience laughed, I relaxed and I did my presentation like I was talking to a room full of people I knew...who knew I could do that? Not me! LOL!!
After my presentation, we had some family over for some Benson cooking and fellowship - a perfect way to celebrate getting my Master's degree and having my life back! woot!
My niece "trained" the pups all afternoon. They crashed as soon as she left. She had them worn out! ha!Poor Stella won't master jumping off the bed, so she was trapped for hours of Autumn torture! HA! She laid there with that hat on completely defeated! heehee! Finally, no more projects, homework or studying to keep us from doing whatever we want to do! Thanks for your patience honey! Love ya!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I love the UPS man!

My presents to myself for 4 1/2 years of working on Masters and finally being FINISHED arrived today!! Yippee!! So far, no one has a Christmas present but that's ok. Because I have a new laptop!!! Woot! Woot! This is what she looks like:
It's an hp dv6-1355dx blah, blah, blah....most importantly, she is pretty and has a 15.6" widescreen! ha! I love her already!!
As an added bonus (because it was Black Friday sales on-line and I got a steal), I got a new camera. Yipee!! A Kodak Easyshare (my fav brand) Z915. I didn't loose any of my zoom and it is not as wide as my previous easyshare so I can fit it in my back pocket when we go camping and hiking and stuff. Plus, I love the new viewing screen because it's bigger than my old one. I seem to have a thing for big screens! ha!

Don't forget to send me prayers and good thoughts Saturday morning as I present my portfolio to my professors. My last task and then I will officially have my Masters! yay!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Come on out!


Kevin and I will be there on Sunday and KEVIN IS SANTA! All you local folks with doggies, come on out and see us and help a boxer in need! All furkids need a Santa pic! :-)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson

*Book #16 in my New Year's Resolution to read more!

My thoughts: This is not the typical James Patterson book, nor is it an Alex Cross novel. I thought I was about to start the next Alex Cross novel (which are my favorites!!), but this book is written as if it were Alex Cross telling a family story. I had a hard time at first because of the gruesomeness of the lynchings. It also makes me extremely ashamed of white people when I read about how they treated the African Americans back in those days. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to stomach the book at first. But, I was soon sucked in and couldn't put it down. This isn't a mystery of sorts, but a great story of bravery and courage. I think it took me 3 days to read it and that was with family Turkey day in between! I would label this a must-read!

From the jacket: From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of is great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - Trial.
As a lawyer in Washington DC, early in the 1900's, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse. When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace, and residents of the black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror - but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Turkey Day




This year was awesome because the family rented a building at a local park...no one had to get their house and yard ready. Yay! The day always goes by so fast though!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Enjoying Turkey Vacation!

5 days off is GREAT and just gets me ready for Christmas break! 2 full weeks...that's what I'm talking about! ha! This vacation has been nice because I have NO projects OR papers to grade! woohoo! I have scrubbed this house and it is the cleanest it's been since the cleaning lady quit on us! :-)Rex sleeps in some crazy positions! ha! We've napped, cleaned, read some, played on the computer, caught up on the DVR, AND.....ordered my graduation present to myself!! A new laptop and camera! AHHH!! I can't wait! I was impressed with my online night before Black Friday deal!!
And, all the turkeys got delivered....we were swimming in turkeys around here. Kevin wasn't happy with how his fried turkeys turned out. But I thought it was good. When he ain't happy though, it only means that the next batch will be even better. He's smoking our 2 turkey's and a ham for our family Turkey day tomorrow right now....yum!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

I know I have been a stranger for the past 6 months. I haven't called. I haven't even sent funny emails. We haven't done anything fun together. If we did get a chance to see each other, my mind was elsewhere on all the things I needed to get done. My weekends have been spent working on projects and grading papers. Any spare minute I have had has gone to Kevin and the furkids and they have been neglected at times too.
I want to thank all of you for your patience. I want to thank each one of you who pitched in at different times to help me get things done. Thank you all for the encouragement and not letting me give up.
I have finally reached my goal. The work is over. One 15 minute presentation on the 5th and I have my Masters. Was it all worth it? Ask me when I get the first paycheck with my raise on it! ha!
Now, it is time to get back to the good stuff! The laughter has re-entered the picture. I can feel the tension in my shoulders already gone. I am breathing a sigh of relief. You know, the rest of the things on my bucket list are EASY and FUN....take a cruise, para-sail, swim with dolphins, see the Grand Canyon, go to New York....not as much work and much more play! Who wants to join me on those goals? LOL!
Seriously, I will be calling, texting, emailing and getting back out into the world....I'm BACK!
I love you all!
Lori
PS. When you see Kevin, give him a big pat on the back. He has taken the brunt of the stress when I have wigged out over the past few months. :-)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

*Book #15 for my New Year's Resolution to read more!

I am trying to use my D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read) time at school to read with the kids (not aloud...we each read all over the room). Anyway, I am going back and re-reading some of my favorites from when I was younger and loving it. I finished The Giver by Lois Lowry this week. A great book...but not for 3rd graders. Here is the summary from loislowry.com - she has several great books!

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of life.December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man -the man called only the Giver -he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Home at last!

"It was hard sleeping on those concrete floors Mom!"They missed each other sleeping in different kennels...ahhh!
Ok....enough, I know! ha! Kevin said my blog readers were probably saying "thank goodness, the pups are at the vet. She can write about something else." He's so funny! Whatever!

But seriously, in other news, I had some technical difficulties and just got my portfolio uploaded today for my Masters. I was emailing back and forth with one of the professors for help and finally got it turned in. I had a little sick to my stomach feeling when it finally went through. All done...no going back now.

Tomorrow is my last day of work this week!!!!!!! yyyyeeeesssss!!!!
No masters work to do!
No papers to grade!!
Scrapbooking Friday night!
Turkey/Family day on Saturday!!!
It's all good!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just in time...

I need a vacation and this week is one...I just wish it started tomorrow like so many other schools around here. Oh well, we go Monday and Tuesday and that's not too bad. Actually, tomorrow will be a cool day because the kids bring in their native american projects and I can't wait to see how they turned out!!
I am exhausted from this weekend. We drove to NE Arkansas and back on Friday and Saturday. A 3 hour drive Friday night to Kevin's parents house to turn around and do it less than 24 hours later. urgh! But, Kevin had a big catering today for 350 folks so we had to get back and start cooking. He has worked me like a dog today! I am bone tired! So, I'm about to crash. But, yummo, that BBQ was good tonight!!
I did manage to build my powerpoint presentation this morning while Kevin was running errands. So, I am officially all done with my workload. All that is left for me is my presentation on the 5th of December. Yeehaw!!!
Crashing ... more tomorrow! And, Kevin is making fun of me for the amount of puppy pictures I post, but I don't care...I may post one every single day this week. Who can resist a puppy face? ha!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Crunch Time

It has been a crazy week! We had the last minute ballgame of my niece's, PTA meeting the next night (urgh...makes for a LONG day!), proofing my portfolio last night and of course, my family dinner night at TaMolly's. :-) Tonight I am going to finish my proofing and uploading of assignments. Then, I have a workshop tomorrow and turn in my hour logs for my internship!!! ahhh!!! After that, we have Kevin's family Thanksgiving this weekend AND a big catering on Sunday for 350 people. Kevin has been running around as crazy as me this week delivering turkeys and doing caterings (answered prayer!). So....that's what is going on here. As soon as the weekend is over, I will build my power point presentation that I will present to my professors on December 5th and I am DONE! In less than a week, everything is due...so I am very, very close here! Ok....gotta get busy proofing and uploading!
I leave you with this adorable picture of my spoiled boxer boy...when he is outside he naps here on the cushions...rotten!
Oh, and in other more humbling news, someone (I don't know who) nominated me for teacher of the year. Crazy! I was super surprised and honored to even be nominated because I work with an incredible staff. Amazingly overachieving group of teachers!! A definite blessing just to work there...makes me step up my game.
ok, ok....I am going now!

Monday, November 16, 2009

On this day in November I am thankful for...

My niece, Autumn, who called me tonight to invite me to her basketball game. Where is a picture you ask? Well, she called 10 minutes before the game started and we didn't even know she was playing basketball. So, we dropped everything and ran out the door. What else is an aunt to do? LOL!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Innocent until proven guilty

Do we look guilty to you? Listen to what we are accused of...Killing duck after mommy stitched him up for the fourth or fifth time...she said she has lost count! He was asking for it though....
Destroying mom's pond...her place of peace she says....hump! That was totally the cat! We saw him knock the pump over and watch the water start to drain out. He told us he was going to get those goldfish after all. And then he dug a hole by the pond to make it look like WE did it!
Our last charge is digging a few new holes in the yard where daddy's garden is...again, we tell you, it was the cat! He is totally out to get us and framed us while mom was busy working on some project on the computer (what is a masters anyway?) and our daddy was out of town helping at the ministry. It gave the cat ample time to set us up while our parents were distracted!I mean, they have absolutely NO proof that we were involved at all!
Here is the guilty party mom! I got him for you - quick get him before he gets away!

Friday, November 13, 2009

On this day in November, I am thankful for...

My mom...

She knows just what to say and when to say it...she knows when to say nothing at all. My mom is more than a mom. She is a best friend. She lets me vent (like tonight) when I need to vent. She is not afraid to tell me when I'm wrong, and she supports me when I'm right. I can't imagine not having her to lean on. Thanks Mom! Love you!!