Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Backyard Bliss & Redneck Sprinklers

The daylillies are in bloom and the backyard is looking good!!  So glad we hired someone to mow this year!! Oh yeah, saves some arguments & the yard looks great.  My backyard is one of my favorite places to be!!  Most nights you can find us piddling around in the flowerbeds or garden and life is good.
Last night, we had company over and spent a lot of time entertaining on the back deck.  Kevin made fajitas.  YUMMY!!  And, then we played some domino's.  Good times with friends we don't see enough!!  More blooms coming soon.  My canna's started blooming today!!! oh yeah!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


So, some of you have been brave enough to I'll make a progress update on the ole state of mind.  Mother's Day.  It's been a tough day for several years now.  But, this year was the first I was able to honor my Mom in awhile.  It was actually a good day.  No pity party.  There were just a few brief moments when I let my mind drift to the sadness, but I snapped back quickly.  We made a decision last year not to attend church anymore on Mother's Day or Father's Day. It's just too hard.  Every moment is like a slap in the face of what we will most likely never have.  We decided to praise Jesus with the furkids in the woods hiking or some other outing.  It just so happened that this year, Mom decided to host a family gathering at the new farm.  It was perfect.  
For the most part, I think I have found acceptance in our situation.  Don't get me wrong, it sneaks up every now and then.  And, most of the time, it comes when I'm not expecting it.  Watching my students accept their science fair awards last week, I almost cried.  I was so excited for them and their parents.  All that hard work.  And then watching them with their parents, it hit me that I would never have that.  It kind of crushes you for a moment.  It's such a huge dream we've been denied, but we are trying to make life plans and move forward.  I have no idea what God has in store for us, and I am just taking one day at a time and trying to have faith.  Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. :)  For now, we are ok.  Better than we have been, so for all those who wondered, thought about us, or prayed for us around Mother's day, thank you!  I spent a big part of my day praying for all the many women out there that are battling infertility or who like myself, will never know the joys of being a mom.  I prayed they were able to hold their heads up and honor their mom's and accept the path chosen for them with a peace of mind about it.  Not an easy thing to do.  I imagine there will always be moments when the sadness will hit, but I am mainly focusing on the blessings.  When it gets right down to it, I am blessed beyond what I deserve! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Field day!!

Today was field day and usually I am exhausted, but today the weather was gorgeous and not too hot!!  It was the perfect day!!  I have to say my coworkers and I are all competitive but today was good because no one was a sore loser.  Of course, my class was the loser! haha!  The most fun part for us was tug of war and water balloon races against the 5th grade teachers.  4th grade won BOTH!!  Whoot!  The worst part of the day was walking around with a wet rear end for about 2 hours afterwards! :)  Good times!!  The kids LOVED it when we won.  It was all good!!  
And, now only 5 school days left!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


This weekend was work, work, work!!  Concessions all day Saturday, a catering today, & school work to finish up.  We did get a little relax time tonight though.  And, last night I was able to finish my latest book!!!  Finally!  It was a good one! (see below post if you are a reader)  Our excitement Saturday was when I went to play ball in the backyard with Stella and was feet away from this big ole snake before I even saw it!!!  One of these days I will stop walking around in my backyard in flip flops!!  This is the 4th snake I've seen this year in our backyard.  At least two of them were little though!!!  I hope the new lawn mower I hired doesn't see this or I may be back to begging Kevin to pleeeaasse mow! haha
 Some of the first blooms of my daylillies are coming out!!  LOVE this time of year! :)

After working for hours on Kevin's business books today, he rewarded me with steak tacos and fresh corn on the cob.  It was delicious!!!

 Stella never loses sight of  a possible bite of food!!  Faithful and patient and right under the heels!ha

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I have found my next trilogy!!  Suspense is the best word I can come up with to describe this book.  I spent the entire book trying to figure out where it was going and up until the very end was still in suspense.  The ending is genius because it leaves you where you can't help but run out and buy the second one.  It's on my "to do" list for tomorrow.  Here's a quick summary from the back of the book to see if you are interested:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What's happening? Well...

  • Only 8 days left with this class, and I am going to miss this group big time!!!  This year was an easy group of kids.  No behavior problems at all. Just minor stuff every now and then.  Priceless!!  Some neat personalities and some kids that got to move up with me from 3rd last year. Yep, it's going to be hard to say goodbye! :(
  • Science Fair Awards tomorrow morning!!  I can't WAIT to see their faces when they see how they placed!!
  • Concessions this weekend and then next weekend OFF!  Woohoo!
  • Our nephew is graduating on Saturday.  Hard to believe it!!  And, unfortunately, they are having it in the morning so we have to miss it. :(
  • Sunday we are going to look at a building to rent for Big Bear!!!!  It needs A LOT of work though!! But it would be a start!
  • And, that's about it for now!  Work, grade papers, work, eat, watch Kevin cook...and repeat!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Feels like summer...

Tuesday night we went to the Razorback baseball game in Little Rock.  A big THANK YOU to Kevin's uncle for the tickets.  It had sold out in something like 5 minutes, so we didn't think we would get to go this year.  It was just as crowded this year as last year, so we tried to get there early and only managed to get stuck in big traffic!!  We took some friends and the guys got to watch the game while us girls played "catch up".  The weather was beautiful, the people watching was entertaining, and of course, the concessions food at a ballgame was a hit.  So, it was a good night! 
Then, today I used my last personal day at work and was able to go with Kevin to the Ben E. Keith food show in Hot Springs.  This was the first time he had gotten an invite and we were more than happy to go.  It was overwhelming at first with all the vendors everywhere.  But, we got the hang of free food samples pretty quick!!  And, as a buyer, Kevin was able to get some deals on some things he orders regularly AND some free samples to be sent to us!! Oh yeah!!!
We got to sit in on one seminar while we were there.  And, they had a door prize of an Ipad 3, but we didn't win. :(  But, it was still an awesome day, and I think I will reserve a personal day every year for this! haha! 
In other "business" news, we are really looking into going the next step and opening a place.  Pray for us to know exactly what to do.  We are looking into an option that I feel is a "safe" risk and a good next step towards Kevin dream happening.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mom's Day Gathering

Today we had Mother's Day at Mom and Dad's new land.  The weather was beautiful, the food was good, and the 4-wheelers were in full force!  It was a good country day!!  
The furkids cousin, Lucky, is OBSESSED with balls, so the football tossing had him running back and forth and back and forth. 

Sidney and Sierra - They are no longer little girls!!
Granny with her kids
Granny and her girls
Summer, Taylor, and Ashley
 We even got a little fishing in today.  I got a fishing pole and tackle box from the furkids for Mom's day.  It is super peaceful back at the creek. 

 We won't even talk about Kevin and this 4-wheeler.  He is reckless you know! Ha! :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week!!

It's teacher appreciation week.  Have you thanked a teacher? It doesn't cost a dime to say thanks!! :)  Sometimes it is nice to just hear that you are appreciated.  If you have kids, your child's teacher spends just as much, if not more, time with them during the week than you do.  That seems crazy, but true!  We are often the nurse, the counselor, the mom, the dad, the grandma, the many hats to so many kids.  I absolutely LOVE my job and know that I am blessed to get to go to work each day and love what I do.  Would I like less work to bring home?  Oh sure!  Would I like more money?  You betcha ya!  Would I rather sit in a cubicle all day? NO WAY!  Every day is different.  Every child is different.  I love the challenges each of those brings.  I do hate that there are some in our profession that clearly do not enjoy their jobs, which affects the kids.  But, it should be clear by our attitude, the kids attitudes towards us, and the amount of work we put into doing our best, which teachers are clearly called for this profession and love every minute of it.  Grab one of those teachers and say thanks for making a difference, or send them a quick email.  Just think, those few minutes will make a teacher smile and that smile will affect possibly hundreds of children!!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012


The world lost a beautiful person this week.  A person who touched my life that I never even had the honor to meet face to face.  Trina Martin was a mother to 6 boys, a wife to her high school sweetheart for 24 years, a grandmother to a newborn and an inspiration to so many with her faith.  I cannot imagine the loss that those who had the privilege to be around her are feeling.  I have read her blog for as long as I can remember and watched her family grow and change.  But best of all, we became friends.  She was one of the first people to impact me spiritually.  Her way with words and unwavering faith planted the seeds of my faith.  I may never have met her face to face, but she had a big impact on my life.  I am grateful I had the opportunity to tell her that in our last messages to each other.  None of us ever expect at 41 years old to say goodbye to this world.  And, as I cry for her family, I rejoice for Trina, because I know she is in heaven with Jesus.  I will miss her words, her prayers, and the way she had of appreciating all the little things in life.  Please pray for this family to have comfort and peace. 
Trina's Blog

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

All I can say is that I am sorry it took me this long to read it.  I am sad to be finished and will probably read them all again at some point!!  If you haven't read them, I highly recommend them ALL!  But if I had to number them in order of my favorites (as my kids want me to do), that would be #5, #6, #7, #3, #2, #1, #4
Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.
The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between "what is right and what is easy," and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.
A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix's flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. --Daphne Durham