Thursday, August 28, 2014

This is the stuff of late...

  • Going to look at a house on 9 acres tomorrow...in an area close enough we wouldn't have to leave our church!!!  Whoop!
  • Scrap night with the girls is also tomorrow!!  Friday is looking GOOD!
  • Ruby Rue seems to be healing just fine from her front declaw...you can tell by the way our fur babies relax how rough they have it!!
  • Ready for a 3 day weekend so I can READ and catch up on some sleep. ;) 
  • Saturday is the start of Hog FOOTBALL!!!!!  Is there a channel other than SEC network?  If so, our TV hasn't seen it in weeks!
  • Just so you know, if you step away from Facebook, they will send you emails daily that you are missing out! Ha!  I think I am at 2 weeks without and NOT missing it!  
  • Now, if someone would just come mow my yard, I could fully relax this weekend with no guilt that I should be doing anything else! LOL!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8 Years Ago Today...


My blog post (leaving out the part that it was a DATE with the BIG BEAR!)...our first date (the second time around in life)...
 Saturday night I went to see Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Too Funny!! Lots of good quotes/one-liners in this one! It's just a good, dumb movie with absolutely no meaning to go see when you need to laugh! But we followed it up by going to the Speedway afterwards! Now that was fun! I have lived by that Speedway for 2 years now and kept saying I was going to go one Saturday night. Well - I finally made it but only in time for the last two races! So - I'm going to have to go back! I'll have to take my camera next time ~ great people watching at the Speedway! :) I even managed a round of putt-putt golf last night ~ now I haven't done that since I was in high school and we would all drive over to Jonesboro and play! 


8 years...lots of good times, lots of bad times, but we have survived it all and I believe we are better and stronger people for the adventures & trials we have gone through together.  Most marriages don't survive some of our tough stuff, and maybe we did because at the core of it all, we are best friends.  I'm so glad God put us together.  Sometimes you drive me insane because we are so opposite, but that just shows God's sense of humor! :)  I can't help but pray the tough stuff is behind us and we get to spend the next 8 years enjoying the life we've built together with our fur kids.  Love you Big Bear!

Monday, August 25, 2014

She's HOME! :)

Miss Ruby Rue went to the vet on Friday to stay and have a front declaw done while Mommy was out of town.  I just got to pick her up today after work.  She has purred and purred since walking in the door and her big brother, Bubba Bear was as happy to see her as me & Kevin. Ha!  We all love the little spit fire!  And everyone at the vet loved her too!  So glad she's home! :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beth Moore Conference

 This weekend I went with a friend to Memphis to see and hear Beth Moore.  It was AMAZING!  This is my second time to get to go and listen to her and there is just nothing I can compare to it.  There were 9,500 women there all praising Jesus together.  Many, many goosebump moments.  You knew without a doubt that God was present.
 The praise and worship band that travels with her is SO GOOD!  The best part was when they would start us on a song all together and then cut the music...9,500 women all singing together = goosebumps.  Beautiful!  Saturday morning they brought in the drumline from Bethel University to "wake us up"...good stuff!!!  If you want a taste of how good the worship service was just search on youtube - Travis Cottrell either Victory in Jesus or In Christ Alone.  You will be blessed.  Trust me!
God is good.  All the time.  He has allowed nothing to come into your life that has not first been screened through His love.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

30 Day Challenge

As of August 15th, I have put myself on a 30 day challenge to stay off of facebook!!  Gasp!  I have a few friends that aren't on it, and when they told me, I was a little jealous.  So I thought why not?  Sometimes NOT knowing everything going on is refreshing.  This is day 4 without it, and I haven't missed it.  And, I realize now how much I looked at it.  I took it off my ipad and my phone, because otherwise it would be much harder.  I think I will reward myself with a mani/pedi if I make it.  Anyone want to join me?  30 days.  No Facebook.  No peeking!  No drama! :)

The City of Heavenly Fire by Clare

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This is the 6th book in the Mortal Instruments series and a must read if you have read the rest of the series.  I loved the series except for book 4.  At the end of this one I was thinking, "Wait, you aren't wrapping that up.  Is there going to be another book?"  Well, sort of.  She wrapped this series up and left the door open for the next series that will come out next year.  This is geared for young adults, but I would hesitate for a teenager to read it.  Happy to share some things with you if your teenager wants to read it so you can talk to them about it beforehand. :)  If you like fantasy fiction (think demons, werewolves and vampires), then I think you'd enjoy this series.  The first one was made into a movie this year.

Summary from goodreads.com:
 In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A day of firsts...

 Yesterday, I began my journey as a Sunday School teacher!  I bet some people never saw that one coming! ha!  6th grade girls & they were such a sweet group...I was a nervous wreck, but God sent me the right partner to teach with, and we are going to be a good team.  Someday I will eventually learn NOT to worry.  God knows what He is doing. :)  Here we are making our prayer/Bible journals:
After church, we headed to Mom & Dad's farm.  We had a slight "farming" emergency and needed to get some hay off the ground before rain moved in.  Somehow over the years, I have always managed to avoid this task.  First off, it's hard work and secondly, it is always 100 degrees in the shade when hay season rolls around.  Lucky for us, my brother got there before us and got half the field picked up BY HAND before church was out!  YIKES!
This was GREAT experience for Big Bear because he keeps saying when we have land it is going to make us money...we can hay farm, cattle farm, etc.  I thought this would make him change his mind.  All it did was make him say, we are doing the big round bales only! ha! (The big round bales are moved with a tractor and you don't have to touch them.)

I love the country!!!!!  So stinkin' peaceful!  Someday....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Door Banner Machine!

 What have I done for the past three days?!?  I have made door banners for every door in my building!!!  The long ones for classroom teachers.  That would be 26 of them! The shorter one is for specialists, and I whipped out 17 or 18 of those. I've lost count along the way, but we are showing some school pride now!!  Washington Wildcats!!!  Monday I will make about 12 more for doors like the lounge and office and parent center.  Ready for a new project! ha!  I went in for about 4 hours today just so I could get caught up on other things and make sure all doors had a banner hanging for Monday morning back to school.  My second year as a specialist and no classroom full of eager faces.  The first day of school is so different now.  Now, I'm nervous about tomorrow instead...first day of teaching Sunday School!!! ahhhhh!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School

It's that time!!  Once I get used to the alarm clock again, I'll be okay! Ha!  Today was workday #4 for me, and the toughest because it was an all day long meeting.  Those can be so hard on my A.D.D. :)  But, my favorite spot in the library (for the little ones) is shaping up!  See the giraffe in the corner? $15 online sale find! :)
 It might be hard to see...but see the Curious George picture leaning on the wall on top of the shelf?  $5 at a yard sale!  Score!  I really need a Pete the Cat doll & curtains and I think I'll be done in this corner at least!
 
 Yesterday's work...I'm not a fan of bulletin boards, but I knocked this bad boy out in no time!  It will stay up until AR gets rolling and then it's my AR bulletin board! :)
I do LOVE my job...I just had a really good summer and it's hard to go back! LOL!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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This was my third Newberry Award Winner to read for my summer reading from my elementary library.  It was also my first book to read on a Kindle (not a fan of the Kindle, I want my book!!).  However, Kindle aside, this is a great book.  I could see getting great class discussions from using it as a read aloud.  I could also see it as a great book for parents to read with their children.  I truly believe this story is one for all ages - not just elementary level.  A very touching story that makes you think about we treat others.  My goal is to choose kindness.

Summary from Goodreads.com:
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Three Times Lucky by Turnage

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I had promised myself to read three books from my library this summer.  My goal was to read three of the Newberry Honor Award books so I could create a "hype" for the kids to read them in the fall.  I have a week left and one book to go! :)
I would recommend this book for 3rd through maybe 6th grade?  It is a good story and I really enjoyed the writing style.  I would giggle at times.  This book was one of the main books of the book fair last year and now is a Newberry.  It's a first of this age level/genre for this author and I will recommend it for my students to try.  I also think it would be a fun read aloud for a classroom teacher. 
 
Summary from Goodreads.com:
Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Finalist, and E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book.

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rolling on the River

 This was our view the past 3 days while we camped on the Little Red River.  It was our first river camping trip.  GORGEOUS!  Loved it!  We sat our camping chairs right in front of these trees & you can't tell from the picture, but we could watch the river through the trees.
 My hubby gets all the credit for the photo below...beautiful!  I fully admit that I was still asleep! ha!  Hazard of staying up too late reading! :)
 You have to forgive us, we are horrible at "selfies". :)  
There were places between the campsites to walk down to the river.  Lots of trails.  I should've snapped a picture of it because as you climbed down, you could literally feel the temperature drop and the paths through the woods to the river reminded me of The Hobbit and how I imagined some of their trails.  I must not have been too far off in that thought because before I even said anything, Kevin called it "hobbitan". LOL!
 What I liked about the river was the scenery...just beautiful and the temperatures!  It had to be at least 10 degrees cooler on the river.  Rex was the fur kid that got to go this trip and river camping may be perfect for him!!  We don't have to worry about him drowning because the water is shallow AND he doesn't overheat because it's cooler!
 The only problem with this trip was we didn't catch any trout!! :(  We aren't defeated though...just going to do a little research and then go try again! :)


JFK Park on Little Red River - site D14 - August 3rd - 5th

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Best book I've read yet this year!!  I kept putting it off because it was non-fiction.  Non-fiction and I usually don't get along.  I usually have a hard time paying attention while reading non-ficiton.  NOT THIS TIME!  I'm SO glad I finally bought the book and then read it.  (I let it sit on my "to read" shelf for months!)  This is an amazing life story.  You will not believe all the things this man survived and went through.  It is a MUST READ, so go ahead and add it to your list!  And be sure to read it before Christmas...the movie is released Christmas Day. :)

Summary:
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.