As you all well know, Jax, was the best dog that ever lived, and I have wanted to get a pet portrait made of him. Well, a girl from my hometown, used to do pet portraits and is now making them again. You better bet I am on the list to have one made. Now, here comes the tough part. She needs some pictures to work from. I have tons and tons. Which to pick? I am pretty sure I want a portrait with his sweet gray face. Oh, how I still miss that face!!! But which one? It's been two years and I still cry as I type this. He was one awesome boy. I'll never have another like him. Not even close.
What do you think of these? What to do, what to do?
This weekend, Kevin went to a Men's Conference at Immanuel Baptist and while he was there, I did school work to try and get caught up. Is there such a thing? I am blessed to have a husband that would spend his Friday night lifting up Jesus. How times have changed!! Amen!! Friday night actually marked 5 years since our first date as adults. Wow! I went back in the blogging journals to 5 years ago and started reading....taking myself back. What a journey it's been! I was reading posts going - remember this? remember this? And, oh my! The posts about my nightmare teaching year...wow! Some things you just block! I am going to be even MORE grateful for my class and job tomorrow!! ha!
Saturday night we went to dinner with some of Kevin's oldest and dearest friends. It was just what I needed to unwind from working non-stop for the past 3 weeks. And now, it's going to be a busy week getting ready for Open House and then maybe things will settle into a normal routine.
Keep praying those baby prayers!
...Unless you want to hear about lesson plans, cutting lamination, and how many items are on my to-do list??? No? I didn't think so. I think I block how crazy busy this time of year is ... it should settle soon. Don't get me wrong - I love it. I just need some quiet family time without that big list of things I need to get done looming over me.
In other news, my parents have decided to build instead of re-model/add-on to the old house. Yippee!! They are going to paint and put new floors in the old house so they can live there until they sale the place in Newport and the new house is finished. Fast forward a year or two, and I can relax from the beginning of school year stress by fishing on one of those awesome ponds!! Ahhhhh!!!
We just got back from having a birthday dinner with my dad and then drove out to the new farm. Wow! The land is GORGEOUS!! 60 acres with a house (we'll get to that later), a shop, a hay barn, another barn, a shed, all fenced for the horses, 3 ponds, some woods, and an awesome creek! Love, love, love IT! I will just let the pictures do most of the talking. There are twenty acres beside the house and then it goes back for what seems like forever. We had to drive it in my Bubby's truck...I can see some serious 4-wheeler riding and fishing in our future! :) This is the creek at the very back of the land. It marks the back border. There are some big cypress trees and it's called Cypress Creek. This is in the woods along the back of the property...there is an old recliner back here for deer hunting. Mom and Autumn are thinking horse trail rides...
The biggest of the three ponds:
Now, for the "before" pics of the house...keep in mind that it's old and I think has been empty for a year? And, an 80 year old man had lived in it by himself for years. The big decision is if they are going to re-model and add on OR make it livable while they build a new house. Either way, lots of work ahead... And so begins the great move of 2011...pictures of progress as it's made will be posted. :)
This week has FLOWN by!! Week 1 of school is one day away from finished. Wow!
Lots of good news this week too!!
*I love my job. Love the challenges a new grade level is bringing. Love my coworkers and that I am learning new things. This is why changing grade levels is good for me every now and then. I get revived!
*In baby news, we have our appointment with Dr. Batres on September 6th. I am VERY happy about it and excited to hear our options. I feel like we are finally getting the "show on the road".
*And, my parents closed on 60 acres in Beebe. While it's a little sad that the house and land I have so many memories with will be up for sale and I will officially have no reason to go back to Newport, I am excited for them. The plus side is that they will be closer when Baby Benson finally does get here! And 60 acres is AwEsOmE! I can't wait to see it!
So, one of my favorite little burger joints locally apparently has new owners. I'm so sad!! It was my favorite greasy burger (and cheap) place to eat. Just a little local dive. Well, we went tonight and the new folks have 3 kids who were running all over the place. But, that's not the issue. One of them was picking his nose. I mean digging. No big issue...just being a kid. But, then he went in the kitchen and got a cup. And proceeded to dig in his nose. With more than one finger if you can picture this with me. I'm thinking "he better be getting his own drink". Then, I hear him say, "A Dr. Pepper and diet dad?" And then I watch him PAT DOWN THE ICE IN THE CUP with his little booger fingers. I just about lost it!!! I knew I wasn't going to drink that Dr. Pepper, so I had to tell the owner that his son was just picking his nose and then touched the ice. I couldn't drink it. He was temporarily thrown out of the kitchen and I got a fresh drink. I may have made a return visit after that incident. Except, then I found a hair in my burger. Yep, it's over. So, now the search is on for a good, cheap, greasy, local burger. I mean, seriously?!?
I'm too tired to blog twice...my body actually aches. Am I really that lazy over the summer that one day back at work makes every muscle in my legs hurt? Don't answer that! :) I just have to get used to standing all day again.
In short, I loved today. My class was a little talkative for the first day, but I loved it! Praying for a successful year!
For pictures from today you have to click here and go over to the classroom blog.
This blog was temporarily interrupted due to the crazy, busy that goes along with getting a classroom ready for the first day of school. Tomorrow is the day!! I meant to take a picture of the finished classroom yesterday before I left but I forgot. :( I will have to get one tomorrow and post. I love it!! It's the same theme as the past few years, but just the move and the cleaning out of stuff makes it feel different. Brighter. Clean. Ready for a new year.
Anyway...even as I type this, I have things "to do" piled in my lap. So, short and sweet. I am here again. I've been covered up in making things for the classroom and cutting lamination. And reading up on 4th grade curriculum. The room is done. Well, except for a few minor signs/labels I want to make with the cricut and get up. The papers are copies. The laundry and house caught back up. My new co-workers are awesome! And now, it's just time to meet the kids, learn some new curriculum and have a great year!
I think that is a good descriptor of our news today. Without too much detail, or maybe with, who knows? We'll see where this post takes us. Today marks the day we finally have an answer in that we won't be able to have a child without assistance. Now, here is the positive side of that - no one said we couldn't have a child. No one said it was impossible. No one said there was zero chance. Just that we would need some help. Even more positive, in my opinion, is that we were referred to THE BEST infertility doctor in Little Rock. Now, we just meet with him and go over our options. And cost. That's the scary part for me. But I am going to push that out of my mind for now. First, we meet with the specialist. Then, we make decisions. How far are we willing to go with this? At point do we stop? When do you give in and throw in the towel? Why, oh why, does it seem like everything is a battle for us? Oh, is the devil working on us? You better believe it! He sees his opening with this one. But he won't win. We are relying on God to get us through this, guide us, show us our paths to take. I still am not feeling a pull to adopt or foster. I am not ready to give up on a child of our own. I think it's possible. Actually, from what the doctor said today, I am very hopeful that artificial is the answer for us. So, there it is for now. Decisions to make. News to come to terms with. Big Bear is taking it harder than me. Pray for us both, but pray for him an extra prayer please.
Tomorrow is back to the real world of working. Teachers everywhere will hate me for what I am about to say, but I am ready to go back. It's time. I need structure and adult conversations with someone besides Big Bear. :) Plus, I'm excited and nervous about the new challenges ahead of me. Learning a new grade, new curriculum, new kids....it's like being a new teacher all over again and gives me a refreshing feeling. I'm ready, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to soak up today. I plan to be a vegetable with the pups and maybe scrapbook some. I know I'm going to have a hard time waking up tomorrow. I have gotten to where I am staying up to midnight and sleeping until 8 am. Tomorrow I have to be at work at 7:30 am and there is no way I'll be able to go to bed early!! Since I'm on the subject of work, I got some exciting news yesterday. I got a raise!!! I moved over on the pay scale to Masters + 15. I had Masters + 12 hours and some of my after hours professional development over the years has finally added up to 3 additional hours and bumped me over on the pay scale. EXCITING!! Who doesn't love a raise that they didn't know they were getting? I'm thinking it just gets me that much closer to my bigger camper! ha!
Thank you to my proof readers...I now have a header for my birthday poster that is even better than what I had originally, and I don't have to deal with a nasty apostrophe! ha! Have I mentioned my hatred of comma's and apostrophe's? (Do those two need apostrophe's?) Ahhh! I'll take a picture of the completed project when it's all laminated and hanging. I have another assignment for you! I need a cute bulletin board idea for back to school. I try to stick to the beach/ocean theme. The past two or three years, I've had the flip flops. I want something different and a catchy title. My cousin has these cricut cut outs I could use: castle, popsicle, sea horse, palm trees, ice cream cone....any of those spark a good idea???? Email or leave a comment if they do! :) I'll totally give you the credit! I have two full days left of summer and it's too hot to do ANYTHING!! I will be hibernating the next two days. I may not even leave the house! I need to save my money to pay the $300 electric bill I got today! holy moly! :( Send some ideas folks...I'm hoping to scrap the next few days! Oh, and for the record so she'll shut-up about it: Michelle E. was right and I was wrong. It happens! ha!
First thing, don't read this while getting ready to sleep in the woods as the only campers. It will make it hard to go to sleep. Just sayin'....
From allreaders.com: She would prefer to ignore the invitation to return to Stonecraft Academy for her class' twentieth anniversary reunion, but renowned historian Jean Sheridan is one of six recipients being honored at the gala for their accomplishments. Still the award would not have propelled Jean to return to the academy, but posthumously honoring another winner is the reason for the author to drive to Croton on the Hudson to attend the festivities.
At the hotel, Jean receives a fax that follows up on a package sent to her that contains evidence that someone kidnapped her teenage child, who she gave up for adoption at birth. She is further stunned when attendee Laura Wilcox followed by Robby Brent vanish. When Laura calls to confess that she sent the fax and wants to meet Jean, the historian has no idea the danger she will be stepping into. The serial killer the Owl has made a home at Stonecraft Academy and Jean would be a prize addition to the victim list of at least five from the class of two decades ago.
Though the plot seems anemic in spite of a serial killer and the abduction, the suspense is at its usual stratospheric levels as expected from a Mary Higgins Clark thriller. The story line focuses on the Professor dealing with two crises that interconnect with her. Readers will appreciate the heroism of the reluctant female champion as she grits her teeth and goes forth to do battle against an unknown enemy who might be abetted by a peer betrayer. Ms. Clark shows why she is amongst the top echelon of psychological suspense authors with this taut tale.
**Warning - Infertility Talk - could qualify as T.M.I** Today was a doctor day for the infertility. I'll keep it short, because really it is a short report. Remember, we left off with Kevin taking an antibiotic for the bacteria that was killing the "swimmers". Good news is that it worked! He no longer has whatever the fancy name that they labeled it. yay!! Bad news is that the "sample" that was given last week was unreadable. So....that means, he has to do it again. NOT. FUN! There are several reasons it could have been unreadable and one of which is heat. Considering he took the sample up there in a non-air conditioned vehicle in this crazy heat, I'd go with that reason. So, I think it is looking good. We take another sample in on Thursday in MY air conditioned ride and he goes back to the doctor the week after that. All in all, encouraging news, just frustrating for Kevin. Keep the prayers coming!!
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