Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oh August-You Keep Me So Busy!

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!!

Tomato Pie

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.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The End And The Beginning

One of the things I love about teaching is that every year is a new beginning. You get a whole new set of students who are eager and excited to start school and everything in your classroom is all clean and shiny. The desks are neat and the pencils are sharpened and there is just a lot of hope and promise that comes along with all that. It's fun.

Today was Meet The Teacher day at our school. I always enjoy that because I get to start putting faces with names and get to know the families a little bit before the school year gets started. I have some really sweet boys and girls in my class this year, so I am looking forward to a good year with them!

I ran errands all afternoon, but when I got home, I made some homemade taco soup and cornbread. And now the Panthers are playing their first game of the year. It has even cooled off a little bit today, so it is actually feeling a little "fall-like" today! Bring it ON! This summer has been extremely hot so I am ready for some cool breezes and lower humidity.

The end of July and the first few weeks of August have been a blur. I can't believe summer is already over! But I wanted to remember what we did, so I am just going to make a quick little list of all our fun!

But...before that...GUESS who is coming home tomorrow???!! Yep! My girls have finally finished their internships in Boston and are headed home--just in time for their 21st birthdays.

I haven't seen them since May, so I am so excited. They are excited, too, but they are soooo sad to be leaving Boston.

Laura told me that she cried all the way home on the T (the metro) on Friday after her last day at Digitas. She had probably the best summer of her life and she is going to miss it so much. Lindy loved Boston, too, but I think she is excited to get back to Charlotte to see her boyfriend! :)

Anyway...back to my list.

*I made my first strawberry rhubarb pie! I just used a recipe from the Food Network and it turned out really good. I loved it!

*I took my sweet girls, Taylor and Brianna, to the pool to go swimming one afternoon and they had the best time. I just love them!

*I took David to the hardware store to see the baby chicks.

He liked them pretty much, but he liked the motorcycle we saw there even better. And he loved kicking the rocks outside! :)

*Steve and I went to Portland, Oregan last week while he was on business there. I had never been to the Pacific Northwest before and it was absolutely gorgeous!

We went on a two hour hike one afternoon that just about killed me (it was literally STRAIGHT up a mountain!), but we also saw some things that were just breathtaking. There are lots of pretty waterfalls there, but the prettiest one we saw was Multnomah Falls.

And look at this overlook. A picture doesn't really capture the beauty of it.

This is crazy, but I had never seen a real cherry tree before. Haha! There were orchards and vineyards everywhere...pears, apples, cherries, grapes. Oregon is known for it's wines. Anyway, I had to get out of the car and take a picture of all the fruit growing on those trees! It was so cool. (Obviously, I am easily amused. Haha!)

We visited Hood River which is a cute little town with a hip, funky feel to it with lots of cute shops and restaurants. It reminded me alot of Boone, NC. We ate breakfast there one morning at this little diner type restaurant and it was delish!

One night we drove to Mt. Hood and had dinner in a huge lodge on the mountain. It was so pretty and our dinner was really good. Here is our view when we were driving to Mt. Hood.

We had such a good time. If you ever get a chance to visit out there, I would definitely recommend you go. I loved it!