Saturday, August 23, 2014

It's That Time Of Year Again

August is just one of those months that you just have to gear up for and do your best to get through it.  Am I right??  I think after December and May, August is next on the list of busiest months.

It has been a whirlwind over the past few weeks here.  School has started again, so that means I have been working like crazy on getting my room ready, attending meetings, going to Meet The Teacher day, and getting lesson plans ready for my first few days of school.  This is the beginning of my 20th year of teaching!  Some of my very first students are now married with kids of their own!  I really can't believe I have been doing this for so long, but I am so thankful that I still love my job and I know God called me out for this exact purpose.

I have the sweetest class this year and I can't wait to have fun with them for the next school year!

This time of year is also when all of our kids start going back to college or law school or wherever they are going, so my neighbors wanted to get everybody together before all the kids left for the fall.  They had us over one night for a little get together and we had so much fun.

David was obsessed with Bobby that night.  For some reason, he decided Bobby was his BFF and it was so cute.  Look at his little hand in Bobby's arm!!  Oh my goodness...the cuteness.

We were missing Laura, Kelsey, John, and Alice,  but it was still fun to see everybody.  You probably know my neighbors by now if you have been reading my blog long.  These are our friends who are like family and all of our kids have grown up together so we love them!

This month also happens to be our anniversary month.  We have been married for 29 years!  We got married while we were still in college.  It was a rainy night and we stood there in our church just beginning this journey together and really having no idea where it would take us.

Now here we are....four kids and three grand kids later. We have had our ups and downs and highs and lows just like everyone does.   But we are still keeping the promises we made and we are still pretty crazy about each other.  To celebrate we went to the Melting Pot.  It was so good and we ate so much...oh my word.  We had fun reminiscing about all that we have done together and what an adventure these 29 years have been.

This past Thursday was our first day of school.  We only had two days this week, which is so nice.  Last night, Lindy and I got treated to a fun night by my assistant Lyndsey.  She bought me Keith Urban tickets just because she is the BEST, so Lindy and I cashed those in last night.  It worked out perfectly because Lindy's birthday is this weekend, so it we had a little early birthday celebration.

First, we had dinner at The Cowfish, which is a burger and sushi restaurant.  We both got a Bento Box which is kind of a sampler of their hamburgers AND some sushi, along with some other yummy stuff like edamame, cucumber salad, and sweet potato fries.

Then we  headed to the concert.  It was probably a million degrees last night so we were both sweating like crazy, but the concert was really, really good!

Keith Urban had to have been about to die of a heat stroke up there under those lights with his jeans and boots on, but he was so kind and performed non-stop.  He can play the guitar like none other and it was soooo good!  He shook tons of hands, gave away a signed guitar, invited people up on stage, and came out to a smaller stage in the back (near where we were!) so those fans out there could get a front row seat, too!  We were probably about 10 feet away from him.  It was such a fun night.

Next week is our first full week of school, so I am trying to get mentally prepared.  Mark has gone back to Washington and Steve has gone to the mountains for the weekend with his Fantasy Football team.  Fall is definitely right around the corner!

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Well, the countdown is officially on.  I am not just counting down weeks until school starts.  It is now only days!!  Wahhhhhhh!!!

I know it is still hot as blue blazes outside, but for me, the middle of August is when I have to say goodbye to summer.

I do this with great sadness.  Summer is probably my favorite season and it is so short!  I saw the other day that August is like one long Sunday night.  So true!!

On the other hand, I love fall and I really do love my job, so I am looking forward to the start of this new year.  I got my class list this week and I already know lots of the boys and girls who are going to be in my class because I have had their older brothers and sisters.  I know we are going to have a fun year together.  I have already starting planning and my mind has been spinning with ideas of things I want to do with them.

In the meantime, we have been soaking up the last few days of summer.

Friday night we took Mark out for hamburgers and froyo.  There are some little shops and restaurants near our house that have live music on Friday and Saturday nights, so we enjoy going over there when we can.

On Sunday after church I made us a big taco salad and Ashley brought the kids over for lunch.  They are always wide open!!  David pretty much thinks Uncle Mark hung the moon.  He wants to wrestle and play ball in the street and not wear shirts and stuff like that because "that's what boys do"!

He is a mess sometimes and totally into being a "boy" right now.  Bless his heart...he doesn't have any personality at all. ;)

But he can turn on the charm and sweetness, too.

And, Caroline is pretty much his biggest fan.  She admires him and thinks he is the funniest thing!  I LOVE seeing them interact together.  I can seriously hardly take the cuteness of this picture.

I sure do love them!

Meanwhile, this cutie is the most laid back child you've ever met in your whole life...

Anyway, Sunday night Steve and I went to see James Taylor.  My kids gave me tickets for my birthday because they know what their mama likes!   There is probably nothing I love more than sitting outside on a summer night at a JT concert!  We saw so many friends there, too.  I am definitely not the only one who loves him!  That was just so much fun.

This week has been full of running errands, trying to get all my ducks in a row for next week, and spending as much time as I can enjoying being outside and soaking up summer.

Before I go, though, I have to share something with you that makes me laugh every time I see it.  Ashley doesn't have a blog, but she does have Instagram, so I am stealing her IG post!  Here is what she wrote...

"Tummy time for all!  And Will is sporting his standard "Save me!" face."     Hahaha!!  Oh my gosh...this picture!

Happy Thursday! :)