Thursday, March 31, 2011


I went to see the neurologist on Monday afternoon. After performing several "sobriety" tests--never had to do those before and glad I will never have to!--he declared that I only had a concussion and would be just fine!! WOO-HOO!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tummies and Other Such Business

Well...we have had an eventful week, but nothing you would want to remember in pictures!! First, Caitlin came down with an awful stomach bug a week ago Friday. We had gone to eat at Nothing but Noodles at her request, and when we got home it hit! Poor baby was up most of the night (as was this Mama!). Then on Sunday, who gets the dreaded stomach bug?!? ME! It was HORRIBLE! Thank goodness I have this amazing husband who doesn't mind taking care of Caitlin and Harrison for me. Well, I stayed home from school on Monday to recover. I slept all morning long and woke up about noon. I was beyond parched, so I marched myself into our kitchen to get something to drink. I must have gotten up too fast because as I was pouring the 7UP into my glass, I passed out and hit my head on the tile floor. I couldn't believe it! Who does that?!? After assessing that I had no broken bones, I realized that I had a softball-sized bump on the back of my head. And a bruise on my elbow. Needless to say, I crawled back into bed (without my 7UP because it was spilled all over the floor at this point) to wait for Randy to come home. Oh--I did manage to fix an ice pack for my softball bump. Randy came home and oooohhed and aaaahhed over my poor head, but said I would be okay. On Tuesday, I went to work, but as I was driving there I got dizzy. So I went to see our school nurse. She sweetly poked and prodded my head (which hurt like the dickens) and said to call the doctor just so he could make sure nothing was really wrong. I nodded okay, but I really didn't plan on it. co-worker (who acts more like my Mama sometimes) said, "Wouldn't you call the doctor if one of your children hit their head that hard? And what's going to happen to those 2 precious children if you're laid up in a hospital bed in a month with something that could have been taken care of now?" Nothing like guilt making you go to the doctor! So on Wednesday, I went to the doctor. He also poked and prodded my softball bump and sent me for an MRI. On Thursday, I get a call from his nurse saying that they found a "dark spot" on my MRI and I need to see a neurologist. I should know by now NOT to google any medical symptoms! So I go see the neurologist on Monday afternoon to make sure I don't have an aneurysm or early signs of MS! See....aren't you glad I didn't take any pictures?!?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let The Show Go On...

Caitlin auditioned for and won a spot in her school's Drama Club back in the fall when school began. They have had a lot of fun, and today they performed their very own play! It was written by their Drama Coach, Mr. Schmitt, and was a cute play with a moral about how everyone is the same deep down.
Caitlin was nervous, but happy that she did not have a starring role where she had to memorize lines. She was a dancer for "Justin Beiber" along with her friends, Hannah, Marchay, and Rebekah.

The girls got to come up with their own costumes. They did a good job of being color-coordinated!

She even got to do the splits in the performance!

Introducing all the actors after the play.

I am just so proud of my baby girl and how brave she is! Not to mention the talent she gets from her Daddy. (Along with loving the spotlight!)

My parents (a.k.a. Ma-Ma and Pa-Pa) even made an appearance at her show. They didn't want to miss their little star!
Good job, Caitlin! I love being your Mom!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Memory Verse #6

Can't believe it's already time for another Memory Verse!!

I want to memorize this one because it's our church's memory verse for March:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28 NIV

Sunday, March 13, 2011

First T-ball Practice of the Year

Harrison had his first T-ball practice yesterday. After all the rain we have had, we were a little worried what today would be like. Luckily we had a beautiful day to be outside.
Harrison is on the Reds which makes his Daddy much happier than last year. He was on the Red Sox last year which, if you don't know, is a mortal enemy to the Yankees--Randy's favorite baseball team of all time!

Ready for that first pitch!

Practicing his batting with his Coach

He's watching that ball! The little boy in orange is Bryce. His parents are in our Sunday School class, so that makes it nice that Harrison already knows him. What's funny is that there are 2 other boys whose parents are in our Sunday School class too! Don't know how that worked out, but we, parents, will have fun at the games together.

Action shot of Bryce and Harrison
He did great at his first practice this year, and we can't wait to see him in action at the first game of the season. Caitlin also had fun because she got to hang out with an older sister of one of the boys on the team. They bonded over hot dogs and Ring Pops.
I think one of the best parts was...
eating popcorn on the ride home! OH how my children love food!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I Love My Husband!

And do you know why?!?

Because he spent part of his off-day coming all the way out to my school to eat lunch with me and about 160 First Graders in the loudest place ever--our school lunchroom!!

Am I lucky or what?!?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Exciting News

I can finally post some extremely exciting news that I have had to keep secret for a week now...

my friend, Sarah, is pregnant!!!!

She and her husband have wanted a baby for sooooooooo long and have been enduring fertility treatments for over 4 years now.

God is so good...all the time...God is good!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Smile for the Camera

Saturday was Picture Day for Caitlin's Dance Company.

After spending an hour getting ready...

this is what she and her friend, Kayla, looked like...

Aren't they beautiful ballerinas?!?
There was a costume change, and she emerged as...

Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs. This is for their jazz dance, "I'm a Believer" from Shrek, so all the girls are nursery rhyme characters.

And here is the Queen of Hearts and Little Red Riding Hood with Grumpy.

There were two other costume changes, but the photographers got behind schedule and we had to rush, rush, rush into the other two costumes. I didn't get pictures of the other costumes with my camera, but I can't wait to see the poses the photographer took.
It was a looooooong afternoon, but so much fun to play dress-up with my little girl especially since she doesn't play dress-up anymore at home!

Word Up!

With it being Dr. Seuss' birthday week, we had a Vocabulary Parade on Friday. Each child had to pick a word, dress up as that word, and make sure their word was visible somewhere on them. If they met all that criteria, they got to march in the parade around the school.
Harrison came up with his word on all his own (I am such a proud Mama!), and decided to dress as a king and be "royalty."

Here he is leading his group. I had several teachers tell me later in the day how serious he looked as he marched with his scepter. He wanted to do a good job as Grand Marshall, I suppose!

Isn't he the cutest king?!?
But we teachers couldn't let the students have all the fun...

Ms. Adams was "athletic", and I was "competitive." The kids got a big kick out of us!

Mrs. Delay was "jackpot." She did get called "pothead" a time or two!

And here is Mrs. Bess as "flamboyant" and Mrs. Weaver as "questionable."

It was a fun day that also involved selling snowcones for the American Cancer Society, so it was also a CrAzY day (but I love those kind!).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today would have been Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday. Wow! During his lifetime he wrote so many memorable books that are still as popular today as the day they were published. My favorite is still The Cat in the Hat. Amazing to think that there are only 60 words in the entire book!
Well today was "Read Across America" day, and we celebrated it BIG at my school.

To celebrate, I made cupcakes last night for Harrison's Kindergarten class:

And I heard they were pretty tasty. I hope so!

I then spotted Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the hallway:

Not really--it's only Harrison and his buddy, Russell.
After lunch, my class had two special visitors:

Two Huntsville Havoc hockey players came to my classroom and read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to my first-graders. They were very funny and made the kids laugh and laugh and not only at the book.

The kids absolutely LoVeD the guys! Maybe I have turned them into hockey fans:)
(Thank you, Amy, for helping me get them!)

So we have had a busy day and have now settled down for the night. Hopefully we'll have a less eventful day tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Memory Verse #5

Short and simple for this time because I've had a LOT on my plate, but nothing I can't handle with the Lord on my side!
"May the Lord bless you and keep you..."
Numbers 6:24 NIV