Friday, February 26, 2010
Poor Ellie. She is such a sweet cat, but her little cat brain is not too bright. She could outrun these girls and go hide somewhere if she wanted to, but instead she just hangs around them all day. And this is what happens. Those girls sure do love her, though.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
But I was wrong.
I took that sixth grade teaching position thinking that I could do anything for one year. And after one year, I'd look for another job. What happened during that year, to my surprise, is that I fell in love with middle school. Yes, you heard me right. I fell in love with middle school. I decided that I actually liked those wide eyed, socially awkward, self conscious, sixth graders. I loved making them feel like they weren't lost somewhere between elementary and high school. That they were important. That they had opinions, dreams, and a lot of creative talent. And I loved focusing in on one subject, like English. Even if I taught the same lesson six times in one day. My eight years with those students were unpredictable, frustrating and yet also very rewarding.
So even though I never saw myself teaching middle school, sometimes the unexpected happens.
What are some unexpected things (or "happy mistakes") that have happened in your life?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
how full my heart is.
how incredibly thankful I am.
how much I love this sweet baby.
And then I wonder.....
what is he dreaming about?
what makes him feel happy and secure?
what kind of man will he be one day?
But before too long, he will he wake up, and I will be greeted by this sweet grin.....
and will I scoop him up, snuggle him close, breathing in his baby scent. I will do this with a grin on my face to match his.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The table had been "living" in my parents' den, but they are changing things up a bit, and needed to get rid of it. Gladly, we were able to take it off their hands. We hung Mike's painting on the wall this past summer, just before Lucas was born. So we added the table underneath. Mike picked up the lamp and the red clock at Target. He managed to score the clock for a mere $12. It was on a clearance aisle marked down from $40! I do love a good deal. And the small sculpture on the table was a gift from our dear friend upon her return from a trip to Africa.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Lucas and I made it up to school for their Valentine's Day party (i.e. "crazy sugar rush party day"). He loved seeing his sisters!
My sweet girls.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Yep, they had taped everything from Kermit the Frog to a purse on their bedroom door. When I heard them cry out, "Mom! Come see what we made!" I knew I was in for a surprise.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
After a good hour at our dining room table, we are proud to introduce our newest game: "Forest Dreamland." The girls designed and colored the board to look like a path that winds through a forest (hence the name). They colored the squares to look like Candyland. The goal of their game is simple: to be the first person to reach the end and win the gold coins. Along the way there are two squirrles: one good. one bad. The good squirrel has placed a rainbow and a pegasus on one of the squares. If you land on that square, move ahead two spaces. The bad squirrel has placed a black dot on one of the squares. If you land on it, you have to go sit in the bad squirrel's dark blue cave and lose one turn. Just roll the dice and see who will be the first person to make it through the Forest Dreamland!
Leah and Hannah proudly showing off their creation (which we have played about thirty times already)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
My parents have a great marriage. A marriage full of respect, friendship, laughter, and of course love. And I sure love being their daughter.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I also love that the top of his shirt is completely slobber soaked. He has been drooling like a maniac lately! Maybe there are some teeth ready to pop out soon. Who knows? What I do know is that he can drool on me anyday! :)
Hope you all have a great weekend!