Saturday, February 27, 2010


Rules: YOU! Yes, you, reading this. You're tagged. Now that you know more about me than you ever wanted to know, play the game, it's fun! Let others know a little more about yourself, repost this as your name followedy by "ology."
What is your salad dressing of choice? Honey Mustard
What is your favorite sit-down restuarant? Rosie's
What is your favorite fast food restaurant? Zaxby's
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Eggs
What are your pizza toppings of choice? Pesto and Caesar salad
How many televisions are in your house? Three
Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Teeth and girl parts
What is the last heavy item you lifted? My daughter!
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? Yes while riding my Big Wheel when I was six
Have you ever fainted? Yes when I was visiting my Grandmother at the hospital
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? No way Hosea!
If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Elizabeth
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? 6, I think
Last person you talked to? My son
Season? Summer
Holiday? Christmas
Day of the week? Saturday
Month? June-my babies' birthday month
Color? Red
Drink? Coffee
Missing someone? My Granny
What are you listening to? CARS Wii game
What are you watching? The computer screen
Worrying about? My class
What's the last movie you saw? The Tooth Fairy
Do you smile often? Yes :)!!
If you could change your eye color what would it be? Green
What's on your wish list for your birthday? Kitchenaid Mixer
Can you do a chin-up? No, why would I want to?
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? A little of both
Have you been in a car wreck? Yes
Have you caused a car wreck? No
Do you have an accent? Yes, Southern
Last time you cried? On Friday when Thea told me something hilarious!!
Plans tonight? Just relaxing and playing the Wii with my family
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Yes, a couple times. But I have crawled out of it!
Name three things you bought yesterday? gift for my student teacher, Diet Dr. Pepper, and gas
Have you met someone who changed your life? Yes, my husband
For the better or worse? MUCH better
How did you bring in the New Year? At a friend's house with our families
Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes
What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing, I pray!
Have you held hands with someone today? Yes, my hubby
Who was the last person you took a picture of? My precious children
Are most of the friends in your life new or old? A little of both
Do you like pulpy orange juice? No pulp here
Last time you ate peanut butter and jelly? Months ago
What were you doing at 12 a.m. last night? Sleeping on the couch
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? It's too early to be up on a Saturday!!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Play Ball!

Since Harrison is signed up to start playing T-ball this Spring, we thought today would be a good day to start practicing. It didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely beau-ti-ful! We even ate lunch outside on our patio after church.

Harrison trying his hand at batting.

He didn't have it quite right, so Daddy stepped in to help. We decided that maybe the right equipment would help, so off we went to the store in search of cleats, a true T-ball bat, and a batting helmet.

And here are our purchases from the day! We couldn't resist buying the hat for Daddy so that he will match the team. But do you know how hard it was for that tried and true Yankees fan to buy that Boston hat?!? The things we do for our children....

Symphony and Sci-Quest

On Friday, Randy and Caitlin went to the Symphony with the 4th Grade classes at Monrovia. Apparently they had a great time. Caitlin was even invited to come up onstage with some others to learn some dances that went along with the music.

Here she is in the red shirt along with a few friends onstage.

And here is the conductor instructing the kids.
After the symphony, they went over to Sci-Quest--the local science museum. While there, Caitlin and some other selected students got to play on the cool exhibits while they filmed a commercial for Sci-Quest! We can't wait to see the finished product on TV!!
The classes got to watch a movie called "Earth's Wild Ride" in the dome.

Here is Caitlin (in the red shirt) and a few friends playing on an exhibit.
I think they had a really good time because she has talked about this field trip all weekend long!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


**Not sure what is going on with Blogger, but my pictures are taking forever to load and are out of order.**

We had snow AGAIN on Monday!! Don't know when we were transferred to Canada, but I'm amazed at how much white stuff we have gotten this winter. We woke up to a white yard, ate breakfast together, and the kids were ready to play! They didn't last very long--apparently it was too cold out there.

Eating the yummy cookies made by my two little chefs! What a fun snow day spent together.

Playing on the snow-covered swing set

All bundled up and ready to play in the snow!

So happy to have snow again!

They then came inside to warm up with some hot chocolate. The chefs then decided it would be fun to bake and decorate sugar cookies. It was fun until the sprinkles started flying all over the kitchen! How do they do that?!? The cookies sure were delicious, though.

Monday, February 15, 2010


We just informed Caitlin of the news of no school tomorrow.

Mommy: I've got some really sad news for you. Please don't cry.

Caitlin: What?

Mommy: No school tomorrow because of the snow:( (As I'm trying not to cry)


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Last Game

Caitlin had her last Upward game to cheer at on Saturday morning. It has been so much fun to watch her master something that she has wanted to do for a long time. I absolutely {heart} Upward because not only do they focus on the sports aspect, but they encourage each player to memorize Scripture each week. I so want her (and Harrison) to love the Word of God. I pray daily for that and feel like Upward really encourages it.

Caitlin is third from the left. She led this cheer.

This was during their pom-pom routine at halftime.

The prettiest cheerleader of them all!
After the game most of the girls and their coach met at Pizza Hut for lunch.

Coach Laura was a wonderful cheerleading coach who has such a generous and loving spirit towards the girls. I was so very pleased with the overall experience of Upward and can't wait for Harrison to join next year! (just not cheerleading!)

Love is in the Air

Since Valentine's Day fell on Sunday this year, we decided to celebrate a day early so that we would have time to enjoy our presents. This was the table with all our presents laid out on it-minus the stuffed animals for Caitlin and Harrison that were hidden!

Doesn't Harrison look like he wants to dive into those gifts?!? Caitlin made the BIG card for me at school last week.

Me and 2 of my Valentines

The inside of the BIG card--I absolutely loved it!!!

Surprise!! Money was in their cards!

Yes, I am crying in this picture. I had hinted before Christmas that I wanted a Pandora bracelet, but I didn't get one. I thought maybe for my birthday I would get it, but no such luck! I really had given up on getting one. I thought we had opened all our Valentines Saturday morning when Randy came waltzing in with a Hobbs Jewelers bag. I knew what it was even before opening the cute little bag. It made me cry that he loves me that much to surprise me with what I wanted most! And then to top it all off, Randy surprised me with a dinner date. I have the BEST Valentine ever!!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Crazy Hat Day...Actually Just a Crazy Day!

Harrison's school (which is my school too!) is raising money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life right now. Today if a child brought in a dollar, then they could wear a crazy hat all day at school.
Here is my little Mexican! I don't know where he has picked up the peace sign thing, but he loves to do it in pictures lately.
Harrison also had his Valentine Party today in his class. It was the craziest place I have ever been!! Please remind me to retire before I teach Pre-K!!!!!

Harrison and his classmates eating their Valentine monster snack and drinking their Love Potion with the crazy straw given to them by their friend, Gregory. Then it was time to exchange Valentine cards. This is where it got SUPER CRAZY!!!! There are 18 children in the class, and it took almost an hour for each child to pass out his/her Valentine cards! Whew!!!

"Look at this one!" We kept hearing that statement over and over and over...

See? There's the peace sign again. It just cracks me up!

Harrison with his box full of Valentines. (Now look at that face!)
It really was a good time! I feel very lucky that I get to experience these fun times with my little guy, and I would go back and experience the craziness all over again!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

More Snow?!?

Almost as soon as Harrison and I got to school yesterday morning, it started to snow! I just can't believe we are experiencing our 4th snowfall this winter!! Hard to believe we live in Alabama. I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of the beautiful snowfall. I'm glad I did because it all melted away before we got home to play in it.

The view from my classroom window

Walking right outside my classroom

Looking at the front lawn of the school. Look how it is piled up on the fence post! And I took these soon after it started snowing. I also put a bucket on the pavement to catch the snow. When I brought it inside after the snow stopped falling, we measured and it was over an inch! Too bad it was gone so quickly!

Dance, Dance, Dance

After finally recovering from my dance-induced state of exhaustion, I am ready to chronicle our events of the weekend. We started out for Montgomery about 1:00 Friday afternoon. Right around Birmingham, my friend, Shannon, called crying hysterically. She told me through tears about the shooting at Discovery Middle School where her daughter, Delaney, is in 7th grade. While we were on the phone, Delaney called from the school to let her mom know that she was fine and the entire school was on lockdown. Later through the news media, I found out that 14 -year-old Todd Brown was shot and killed by one of his classmates. It put a damper on the start of our fun and exciting weekend, but every time we thought of it all we said a prayer for all those involved. I also hugged and kissed my sweet baby girl even more!
So then we arrived at our hotel in Montgomery. We walked over to the Performing Arts Hall to watch the opening of the DMA Convention.

Caitlin and her dance friends got a little antsy while waiting for the performance to start and were fooling around acting like typical little girls! Here is Kailee, Anna, Caitlin, and Kayla being silly for the camera. After watching about 2 hours of dance, we were a little hungry. So we headed out in search of a place to eat within walking distance.

But first we had to take our picture in front of the fountain at the Renaissance Hotel.

A proud Daddy with his dancing daughter
After dinner, we went back to the hotel to put Caitlin to bed early. She had to be up, dressed, and ready to dance at 7:15 Saturday morning!! Luckily our hotel had a wonderful hot breakfast bar which we took full advantage of! While waiting for Caitlin's group to take the stage, we had a photo shoot.

Caitlin and Kayla dressed and ready to perform.

Caitlin was getting into "The Zone" before going on stage.

Me and my beautiful dancer

Caitlin and Anna cheesing it up!
Soon after we left the girls with one of their dance teachers, Miss Mary Katherine. Randy found all of us parents great seats in the theatre, and we sat down to wait for the "Big Bad Wolf" performance. There were lots of wonderful dancers who performed, but none as great as Caitlin's group! I was sooooo nervous before they came on stage that I started crying while their props were being put on stage! I just can't handle the pressure!!! But I was nervous for nothing. They did their absolute best!!!!
In fact, here is part of the group after receiving their Platinum ribbons (that means their score was between 96 and 100!). They also won the High Points award for the tap groups, and they came in 2nd place overall in the Petite Division!!!! Way to go girls!

Here is Caitlin at our hotel proudly showing off her 2nd place medal!
After working up an appetite, we took Kayla and her parents to one of our favorite restaurants in Montgomery--Chris' Hot Dogs.

It did not disappoint! Kayla and Caitlin even got to sit at their own table.
We then went back to the Performing Arts Hall to cheer on other groups from North Alabama Dance Center. It was really fun to watch all those talented dancers.
Then we met my Aunt Bobbie for dinner in Montgomery. We haven't seen her since Thanksgiving, so this was a treat!
Caitlin was still proudly wearing that 2nd place medal!!
We then drove back to our hotel and let the girls do what they had been asking for all day....

On Sunday Caitlin and the girls were in classes ALL day with the judges of the dance competition. Randy and I drove to Prattville and got to enjoy each other's company and have a quiet lunch together!
It was such a fun, but busy weekend! Caitlin is ready to go next year she said, but first she had to sleep the whole way home!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It Was, LIke, Totally Awesome!!

The 4th grade at Monrovia performed at the February PTA meeting last night. They put on a performance called "Dancing Through The Decades." It was totally awesome! Each 4th grade class took a decade, dressed up like they were living in that era, and talked about that decade's high points. There also happened to be a lot of music and dancing involved which is Caitlin's very favorite thing.

Caitlin's class was the 80's while Randy's class was dressed up like the 70's. When I was dressing Caitlin before the show, she asked,"Did you always dress like this when you were growing up?" I had to laugh because no, I did not!

Here is Caitlin's class performing "Thriller." Guess who stole the show?!?

She even moonwalked!!! I didn't know she could do that!

And at the end of the show all the classes sang "We're All in This Together" from High School Musical. Caitlin said, "Wow! I wish we could do this every night!"

Here is a pic of Mr. Hollingsworth's 70's class (with 2 stragglers--can you find them?) I just wanted to break into the "Welcome Back, Kotter" theme song when I saw them together!