When I flip that calendar over to the month of August, I pretty much take a big breath and try to remain calm even though I feel like I am walking into a storm. I know I am getting ready to enter one of the busiest months of our whole year.
I can't decide if August or December is busier??? It may be a tie!
Laura and Lindy were only in town for one week before they left again for their senior year of college. So while they were in town, of course we had to celebrate their 21st birthdays (which is really this Friday.) We went out to dinner at Maggiano's and got a big, long table so we could all celebrate.
My parents were there, too. I don't know how we didn't get a picture with them! :(
(*Edit: Yay! I found the picture we took of them!)
I can't believe my babies are 21! Goodness, that went by so fast!
Here we are on our way out to dinner...
At Maggiano's, they put candles in cookies instead of a cake.
On Friday, Steve rented a U-haul and packed it with Lindy's furniture. Then he drove to Greenville to help Lindy move into her new apartment. Then on Saturday morning, we loaded Mark's car up and waved goodbye to him as he headed off for Washington, DC. And on Saturday afternoon we hugged Laura goodbye as she left for App. It is always sad saying goodbye to them. I wish I could have spent more time with Laura and Lindy. But the good news is that we can finally see the floor in our garage again!! Woo hoo!!
Last Friday was also our 27th anniversary. I think it was the first time we weren't together for our anniversary. Why did we get married in August? Our anniversary always falls in the middle of back-to-school craziness and kind of gets squeezed out. Anyway...I am thankful that God gave me just the right person for me. I am looking forward to lots more fun and happy years together.
Everything has been going really well at school. I seriously work at the best school! It is just a joy and a pleasure to go to work every day. I love my classroom and my students and all my teacher friends. Haha! Yep, it's that good. Here is my classroom...
Our Bible verse for this year is Galations 5:22-23 about the fruits of the spirit, so I made this tree with all the fruits of the spirit on it.
We also started a "Thankfulness Journal" this year. I really like that idea. I know it makes a big difference in my day when I can focus on the things I am thankful for so I think it is important to teach that to children, too.
On a totally different note, I wanted to share two other quick things. One is...how cute is this picture? Laura took it on Instagram, and I just loved it!
And, guess who this is? No, it's not David, it's John! Oh my word...are they TWINS or what???
And, one more thing. The other night we went to my mother-in-law's house for a cookout and she made a tomato pie that was amazing. I have the recipe for it, but I just never think to make it. So, last night I decided it was time to make my own. And it turned out so good.
Since tomatoes are so good during the summer, I thought I would share the recipe with you in case you're trying to figure out a way to use up all your fresh tomatoes. Enjoy!!
Get a pie crust (I use Pillsbury). Sprinkle mozzarella cheese in the bottom and put in a 350 oven until the cheese melts and the crust is lightly browned.
Wash and slice 3 tomatoes per pie. Let drain for a while on paper towels.
In pie crust, layer tomatoes.
Mix together 2 cups mozzarella, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 c. of fresh chopped basil, pepper, 1 clove minced garlic, and 2-3 T. grated onion. I also added about 1/2 c. of cheddar cheese to mine.
Smooth mixture over tomatoes. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted, bubbly, and lightly browned.