Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Sunday Picture Post

I'm smiling BECAUSE......

1. I caught a glimpse of a man reading instructions....

2. I got to leave school at lunch time on Monday to wait here....

3. This wasn't just ANY waiting room. 
But a gorgeous waiting room.

4. Jennie and her amazing husband invited me to the party!
This was their last photo of  "Just 2"...


She's worth "waiting" for....
(PS - I even got to cut the cord!! Whoa!)
My baby had a baby!
We are smitten!

Now you know why I'm smiling...

Tinsley is here! 

I feel like the Grinch who's heart grew three sizes.
L.O.V.E. it!

My Dad would have loved it that this new little bug carries our family name. He would have loved her dark hair and her dark eyes. He would have loved her tiny ears. He would have counted every little toe and finger. 
I just figure he kissed her in heaven and sent her our way!
We are counting our blessings.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 29, 2012


My New Addiction!

Tinsley Roxanne
7# 4oz. of pure cuteness

Tinsley is my new excuse for not getting things done...
(Sure, blame the baby!)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Journal

What was I Thinking...
                   OUCH! Ow, Ow, Ow! Chair + sandals + 4th grader + teacher's toe = broken toe! Mine. OUCH!

Favorite Products...
                 Tide Pods - clean, convenient and my laundry smells delicious. Sounds like a commercial.
                 Kenra Hair Spray. Expensive but worth it. (And I am NOT a hair snob.)
                 Sport's's holding my owie-toe together. Ahhh...

Remember that...
                 Guided Math stations WILL work. I loved what I saw this week when I did it. Remember to Model, model, model it. Time with small groups is worth it!! (I don't want to forget this.)

Library Log....
                I have done NO reading at all this week. Fail. I took my book with me everywhere, I snuck in small micro-minutes and I fell asleep with pages imprinted upon my cheeks, but no reading. I WILL change that this week.
       So... still...
  • Gone Girl
  • Coming Home Crazy by Bill Holm
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People 
  • Wonder 
Weekly Checklist... 
  • Make Happy Birthday calls to my first born and last born - wahoo!
  • Wait for new grandkiddo
  • READ
  • Prepare class newsletter 
  • Wait for new grandkiddo
  • READ
  • Birthday dinner with J&K - what DO I get the "ready-to-deliver" daughter that is NOT for baby?
  • Wait for new grandkiddo
  • READ
  • Work
Rules to Remember...
  • Sandals and 4th graders do not mix well. In more ways than one.
  • Pray on the WAY to school
  • Count to 10 - SLOWLY
Currently enjoying...
  • football
  • Instagrams from kiddos
  • raw almonds
  • bananas without spots (how do they ripen so dang fast?)
  • Glee songs on YouTube
Best Memories of the Week...
  • a call from #1 son with "new job" news!
  • Kyle's Birthday dinner - he is so grateful and gracious!
  • Using giftcards with Jennie - we filled a whole cart courtesy of so many generous friends for this new baby.
  • Southern BBQ dinner with friends
  • a 3 1/2 hour visit with a friend
  • A clear PET scan for this same friend. Yippee!
What I Know...
            I need to acknowledge my gratitude more. I have gotten the prompting/feeling to start my gratitude journaling again. I know it works. Now I need to do it.
           An unexpected kind word or email can do wonders! 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Journal Inspired by the Pinterest Hole

I fell into the Pinterest Hole...

and while I was there I saw loads of journaling ideas....
I tweaked, I twanged, and I came up with 9 prompts that got me thinking today.

What was I thinking????
  • I checked my own handwriting for Spell Check! Seriously.
Favorite Products...
  • Bombay Saffron reed diffuser from Pier 1
  • Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk - YUM!
  • my iPad
Love this Quote:
  • "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia
Remember that.....
  • the little things DO count! It was a tiny switch on my A/C unit that melted and caused the whole thing to stop cooling. In Arizona that's critical. That tiny piece meant a $7,000.00 new unit - until my Super-Hero son-in-law fixed it with another little thing!!
Library Log ....
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (hysterical picture book that I use to teach inferencing. Check it out!!
  • ALMOST done with Gone Girl
Weekly Checklist:
  • Career Ladder due
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Fingerprint Clearance card renewal
  • Birthday shopping
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Help Jennie sort/organize the baby's room
  • Pay bills
Currently enjoying ...
  • my new lamp from Pier 1
  • cool (er) mornings
  • all the rain we've had (but NOT the mosquitoes!)
  • football
Best memories of the week....
  • A Sunday car-ride with Jase - just Oma and Jase!
  • 3 really good days with my class - FINALLY
  • Book Group
  • hugs
  • dinner with friends
  • Texas Roadhouse with J&K
What I know....
  • that peanut butter tastes great lately
  • that sleep helps everything
  • that I can't resist Texas Roadhouse rolls!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Oh The Places You Go

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Oh the Places We've Been...
The last two weeks have been crammed full, busy.....and wonderful!
A 90th birthday for my favorite aunt in Texas, a visit with my super-de-dooper stepmom, lots of kissin' cousins, and another baby shower for my "mommy-to-be" daughter.

Loved it. 
Every minute of it.
Even the humidity!
Especially the pie.

Now they are memories.
Now it is quiet.
Now it is calm.

Too quiet.

Today I will....PLAN for school. It's kickin' my patookie.

Today I will....Read. I finished Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker on the trip and now I'm reading Gone Girl and a book group book, Life is So Good by George Dawson.

Today I and surf and watch football and go to church and eat leftovers. 

Today I will....admire my pedicure, ponder a bit & make the bed. 

Today I will....catch up for a moment.
Today I the clouds.

Today will be great.

What will you do today??