Sunday, May 31, 2009

Silent Sunday's: Free Bird

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength , they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Friday, May 29, 2009

Do you have a boyfriend?

While lining up my first graders (why does this always happen while in line?!?) the other day--I had a very interesting conversation. Thought provoking. Funny. Innocent. Cute.

1st grader: "Mrs. you have a boyfriend?!!"

Me: "Nope....but I have a husband!"

1st grader: "Hmmm...what's his name?"

Me: "Mr. B"

1st grader: "Wowww! He has the same last name as you?!! That's so weird!!"

Monday, May 25, 2009

What's that in my closet?

I'm sorry for all these dog posts. Let's just put it out there. I'm a loser with no kids...who else do I have to post about? Seriously.

So, this morning as we were getting ready, I went into my closet and saw this site. Mac just loves going under my clothes and finding a resting spot. Luckily my iPhone was right there on the counter and I could tip-toe two steps behind me to get it and he didn't budge.

Not-Me Monday

I didn't enjoy this weekend so much that I avoided doing a full-house clean (which hasn't been done in weeks) on all these free days. Nope. Not I.

I didn't sleep in until 10:15am this morning. Nooo. I don't like sleeping in anyway. So-Not-Me.

I didn't leave the AC on all weekend, even when we were hardly here, so that every time we walked into our house we had that "ooo ahhh refreshed" feeling. I wouldn't waste energy like that.

I didn't forget about my grad work that is ALWAYS due on Mondays, because I was having such a fabulous weekend. I didn't forget about it...I mean. Nope.

I didn't find molded doggie doo-doo hidden under my pups bed in his cage last night. That is gross. He could never do a thing like that...and I could never be that dumb. (where was that smell coming from?)

And I definitely didn't eat Rita's Waterice in lieu of dinner tonight....but then get hungry for dinner and make grilled chicken sandwiches. I wouldnt do that? All those Ugh. I could neverrr.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Love it, love him...but not in that kind of way ;)

From the beginning of the top 13...I loved him. Not in that kind of way but in the on reality tv and you love his voice type of way. He really was my favorite. Truly. I wasn't huge on the Danny Gokey train. He was good. But, Kris. He was my style. The type of music I can listen to in the car for hours. The smooth kind of voice that just takes you somewhere, and flawless. Flawless.

When it came down to Adam vs. Kris. I had confidence. Everyone else in the country made it seem like Adam had already won it. That bothers me. Kris deserved it. Adam already had 'fame' in his own way. He was already big into theatre, and we all know he was big in the gay clubs in LA...helloooo....we've seen the pictures with him licking boys. But, Kris was a home grown guy. No frills. Was truly discovered on American Idol. That's HOW it should be. The truth is too? I would NEVER listen to Adam Lambert music, ever. If you like someone screaming at you through the radio, then fine. I don't prefer that.

And? On wednesday night I watched Ryan Secrest's lips as the results were coming forth to see if it was "Kkk" sound and it was. Declan and I jumped off the couch, SCREAMED, jumped up and down, hugged eachother, high-fived, and I think I teared up a little. We were so glad to see someone like him win. We wanted that guarantee of an album...because...we love his music.

And you know why else we love him?

He loves Jesus, too! Check it out.

Happy Birthday, Boy!

On May 15th my sweet Mac boy turned 1. I know, I know...this is totally late....and I'm such a bad mother (I promise to be better with my children), but you all know how busy I've been lately. Needless to say, the birthday post is's happening.

In the last year Mac has:
-become an important part of our new home and lives
-learned to go potty only outside (yay!)
-learned that his nylabone and any other 'fake' hard bone is his favorite thing to chew and play with

-realized his favorite spot is laying on the top of the sofa, smooshing all my pillows down (permanently have dents now, thanks Mackie)
-taken up another favorite spot, which puts his bottom on my shoulder while I'm sitting on the couch, and then I (lucky me) can rest my head on his back. (Quite comfy, and happening RIGHT THIS SECOND...great timing)
-learned to roll over (and often mixes this up with lay down, and sit if there is a treat in hand)

-chewed the corner of my molding in my kitchen..(grr)
-realized he LOVES walks (but pulls me way too hard...note to self: work on this)
-learned how to power jump. That boy can jump SO stinking high, and spin at the same time.

-gotten to play with his cousin, Chase a lot and loves him.
-learned to be gentle with babies and toddlers
-learned that stuffed animals are only good for their stuffing (hence, why we have NO MORE)

-learned to go right into his cage when its nighttime for mommy and daddy
-learned to throw his bone at your head if he wants to get your attention (yea...who taught him this?)

-learned to show his teeth when he's PLAYING and scare the crap out of people (ummm...Daddy definitely taught him this!)
-realized that ice is his favorite treat, EVER.

I love my little boy...and here's a little montage of him.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday's are supposed to be easy

I woke up this morning and was THRILLED it was Friday. THRILLED it was FIELD DAY. THRILLED that I had some of my 1st graders on a field trip. See a theme?

I was generally happy about the end of the week and the activities at school today that made it that-much-nicer. Or so I thought.

Field day was fun and I was lucky enough to be part of the "Tug-O-War" leadership team. haha. I cheered on over 50 games (SERIOUSLY) of tug-o-war, running along side of them, leaning over, shouting, "Pull! Pull! Walk this way! Dig your heals in! Don't go forward! You can do this!" I also joined in a game that was mega-intense, involving 4th graders...and well, you know that horrible lower back of mine? Yea. It reared its ugly head, and needless to say...OW. I didn't really realize it until later just how bad it was. My sun-kissed cheeks will also prove my loyalty. I was out there for 2 1/2 hours with the kids.

I had to teach Kindergarten today...which means I had to RUSH over to the other school, heat up my lunch, and then literally meet the kinders at my door (err..busting down my door). I started to feel the intensity of today. We are handing out all artwork from the year, and during our short 25 minute class (we split them in half b/c Kindergarten for 45 minutes straight..oh_my_gosh) we weren't able to get all of the papers handed out. The frustration of the kids not being able to help me hand out the papers (because, duh...they can't read the names too well) started welling up in me. My throat was already hurting from all that tug-o-war cheering, and now I have to read a bajillion names over and over again to hand out papers?! Ah. The frustration set in.

The 25 minutes was up, and now it was time to swap Kindergarten classes with Health class. The health/gym teacher was over at Field day at the other school, hence a substitute. Well, the sub didn't get the chance to read the plans which meant she didn't realize she had to switch with me, so she just took her kids outside to the playground. Now, picture me....confused...roaming the school....with 27 kindergarteners following behind me. Not walking....but jumping. Hopping. Skipping. Singing. Sliding down the walls. Twirling. You name it. (don't you know...they don't walk)

Finally, I realize..."They're outside! Okay. I'll just go out there with my kids, too." I did just that. For 10 minutes, I just let them run rampid all over the playground. Screaming and Playing. (Why must kids scream when they play?) Which meant that I wasn't able to get those kids their artwork back. Feeling a bit more stress.

Can I mention something? During all back is throbbing...I'm realizing its hard to walk quite as well. I hurt. ow.

So finally I let them go. The kids left...(i ran to get a cough drop...ow...throat) and thank God my 2nd graders showed up. The leap from kindergarten to 2nd grade is huuuuge and I could hug every one of my 2nd graders after seeing Kindergarten. Seriously. They are independent, and they listen to me. The formula for a happy teacher. I thought I was home-free for the day. My 2nd graders came in and I was starting to teach, and I hear one of the kids shout..."Mrs. (Principal) is at the door!".

Wow. Are you kidding meeee......nooooo. Not today. She was doing a surprise observation. TODAY! of all days. I was frazzled. Wearing my field-day clothes. Exhausted. Could barely stand due to the back condition. Throat...ugh. Aweeeesommeeeeee.

The good news is? Being caught off guard wasn't that bad of a thing...I wasn't able to get too worked up beforehand. Also, it went shockingly well, and she showered me with compliments. It worked out. But? Stressful to say the least.

Now. I was thrilled to have gotten my next period off due to the 1st grade field trip to the zoo. But then, the last class showed up, which was fine. I expected that. But, not only did the last class show up, but that one I missed? Yea. They came too. WHAT?!? I know. They thought it was "okay" to just bring their kids to special since they missed it due to the field trip. I think not.

It brought about a lot of 'mini' drama, because? What am I? Chopped liver? I felt taken advantage of. The bottom line is, it was all a misunderstanding and poor communication.

It was just a big ball of stressful events piled on top of one another. But? Want more good news? (since this was such a debbie-downer post) It's a 3 day weekend. Hallelujah Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blog Award

I got a blog award today from Justine. My first ever!

Now, I have to give out some of my own "One Lovely Blog" awards.

And here they are:

1. Lyryn @ Breaking Through

2. Susan @ Musings of a Wanderer

3. Keshet @ My Colorful World

4. Kristin

One of my favorite lines ever....

from a kindergartener:

(Running over to my desk) "Mrs. B.....Dylan called me a tattle-tale!!!!!"

I was dumbfounded. Are you kidding me?

(This kid IS a tattle tale, it's so annoying!)

And so I said...."You just proved his point."

Did he understand? Probably not.
Did it make me feel good to think I put a 5 year old in his place? comment.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not-Me Monday

I most definitely did not go to Kohl's at 7:54am, have to wait 6 minutes for the doors to open...on a Saturday...and spend $98.00 I shouldn't have on clothing. Definitely, not me.

I did not excitedly roll around on my newly installed carpet in the basement (without vacuuming it first) only to find a bug in my hair...nope. Not me.

I didn't drink diet coke yesterday because of my strict new n0-caffeiene rule...and I am not currently suffering with a headache because of it...nope. All water for me. ::cough cough::
mental note: not worth it. I mean. You know.

I didn't avoid doing grad work all weekend or get distracted by other fun events. Nope. Not I.

I did not purposely avoid setting my alarm clock on Sunday morning and did not intentionally skip Church. Nooo, I would never do that. Not me.

And I did not set my alarm 5 minutes early, snooze, then check facebook via iPhone, then moan about getting up, then snooze again this morning. I would neverrrrrr.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Holy cow the rain is pouring down so hard...glad I'm home.

Just a very quick post about Harrisburg. Just got SUPER exhausted. That whole waking up at 7am and feeling 'great' just hit me. But, I had a good time at the shower, and a really nice time spending time with my nieces and Kesh.

After we visited everyone at the trade show, we went back to the hotels to figure out dinner plans. I was in my parents room and was just sort of laying across the bed, and then Kyra came up and did the same thing, just like me. It was so cute. My dad got the picture with his phone. Blurry, but worth it. I love this little girl!

clean me! clean me!

Today is already written off as, "get nothing done" day. Declan is away for work this weekend. I woke up early today,'s true. But, instead of being inspired to tackle the whole put away the laundry bit, I felt inspired to head to Kohl's. While there, I got a call from my sister that their carwash fundraiser had been called off due to not so great weather. She proceeded to meet me for my favorite meal of the day....breakfast. I could not deny it, so I met her and my little brother at the diner (he treated!). After going to the diner, I had to go back to Kohl's because my shopping trip was kindly interrupted. (Breakfast is ALWAYS welcome.)

So, after my trip to Kohls and gathering a few good finds (new pair of jeans, new pair of jean capris, a cute zip up hoodie, a shirt to wear to the bridal shower today, and a necklace...all on sale I might add)...I headed home.

I'm here now, and have to leave for the shower in twenty minutes or so. My house is calling...begging, screaming for some TLC. My hardwood foyer entrance needs to be scrubbed down like whoa. From all the basement 'dust', it got a nice coating that makes my entrance look apalling. That laundry I talked about previous? Yea. That too. My bedroom floor is longing to be seen again. My closet is begging for it's belongings back. My entire house must be dusted (again, due to the basement dust). My basement needs to get finished (tv mounted/cable hooked up, etc), because Declan promised we'd be watching the finale of American Idol down there on our new BATV. **really quick sidenote: please, for Kris Allen this week. My life depends on it, your life depends on my ears, your ears from the shrieking voice of Adam Lambert (who also kisses boys). Come on, do we really want that as our American Idol? Besides, Kris just rocks.
After the shower, Kesh and the girls and I are headed to meet our hubby's and the rest of the gang for dinner in Harrisburg. This day is truly packed, and I obviously can't get anything done ;) (as I'm sitting here blogging instead)

So anyway, that is my to-do list. I will be staying home from church tomorrow morning to tackle those things and also work on two major projects haunting me for my grad classes. Once all those things are finished, I am hoping to welcome my sweetie home with open arms and clean hardwood floor.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Napkin Note

When I was in elementary school I had a few friends who I sat with all the time at the lunch table. Their moms packed their lunch and they would always get a really awesome note written on their napkins from mom herself. They would read them everyday, and they always pertained to the day. They were special. "Wishing you lots of luck on your test today! I love you!", or "Enjoy your extra recess today. Remember, I love you!" They were awesome.

I would get the occasional note here or there from my mom. Normally on special occasions, if it were a birthday or a field trip. My mom knew how much I liked the notes. I didn't get one every day, and seriously? She was packing 4 kids lunches, so I understand. But, the occasional surprise napkin note was always special and meant a lot.

Last night I headed to bed earlier then Declan and I heard some clanging in the kitchen. I figured he was just washing paint brushes out, because, with the remodel down there and all-it's been an endless journey of late-night painting. He came up and told me he made his lunch and mine, too! It was sweet of him, and wasn't the first time. I really appreciated it, because God knows I have a hard time getting my rear in gear in the mornings as it is.

Today when I opened my lunch I found this, and I smiled. Someone loves me enough to write a little note on a napkin to show me they care. It instantly brought me back to childhood.

Hope you had a smiley moment today.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Minutes

-I've been overwhelmed with taking two grad courses while doing the rest of 'life' at the same time...but all I keep telling myself is, SCHOOL IS ALMOST OUT! Hallelujah.

-My 2nd art show is hung, thanks to my amazing sister Susan who was willing to help me today. It looks great.

-We're finishing our basement and it's verrrry close to being done! Carpet installed Thursday.

-Declan is going away this weekend to a trade show. I'm bummed, because I obviously prefer him home, but...I'm at least pretty busy. I have the spring fair at school Friday night and friends bridal shower in Lancaster on Saturday. He's home Sunday.

-It's a bad thing when the local ice cream joint opens. Enough said. Health freaks are not welcome to comment here.

-Because of the basement re-do our laundry is majorly backed up. It's not cool.

-Also, because of the basement project, Declan lost his wedding band. I'm not thrilled, at all. In fact, I'm still praying it shows up someplace. Perhaps in that laundry?!

-It's only Monday and this week already feels dreadfully long.

-I cannot wait for summer, yet I feel it's going to fly by.

-When is the weather going to be consistent?

That is all. Have a good week all!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Like Father, Like

Sunday afternoon naps are a routine in our household. Most the time, our Mac boy joins in with us. When I saw this, I couldn't resist reaching for my camera. I think it's the cutest thing. Mac was asleep until I 'moved' and woke him up. But, you get the idea ;)

I also like that Mac's bone is right there in the foreground of the picture. He was chewing away, yet exhausted himself. What cute boys.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Fairies Vs. God

This is a conversation I overheard while my 3rd graders were working away on their art projects this morning. Fairies and God. It peaked my interest, but I knew I needed to just listen, and not chime in. I was very interested to hear the one boy defend his faith for God to the little girl, who believes in Fairies. He used all sorts of comments, like…”You can’t believe in any thing you don’t see, ONLY GOD…which proves that Fairies aren’t real!!”….and “Do you know where the word FAIRY comes from? The word FAIRY TALE, which means…MADE UP!” He also said, “Tinker bell isn’t real and she’s a fairy!” He was pulling out every tricky comment he could to get her to see his way. She wouldn’t. She simply said very calmly, “Well, I just believe in Fairies”.

He goes, “Where’d you see somethin’ about it?! You TUBE?!!!” Which made me chuckle a bit. Technology age, whoa.

This conversation hit my spirit. I hear many other students throughout a day debate what they believe. In the younger grades, it’s as simple as, “What Church do you go to?”. They don’t quite touch on “God” or “Jesus” yet (well, only around Christmas). It breaks my heart when I hear one of them say, “We don’t go to church because my parents don't. But I want too.”

I believe that every child does have this desire to learn about Jesus, but it just depends on whether the seed is watered or cared for, or left out to dry and wilt away.

It’s in the hearts and minds of many of my students. I just pray that somehow, someway, I can be a little shining light of hope to them. Although I can say nothing unless asked, I will keep my mouth shut and pray, and lead by example.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


8 Things I look forward to:
1. The work week to be over (and it starts tomorrow, ha)
2. The summer!
3. Vacation to Outer Banks
3. My flower beds to grow out of control, and for my tomato plants to MAKE tomatoes!
4. Organizing my classroom better
5. Jennies wedding June 20th and my week long trip to Pitt
6. Getting our basement redone
7. The day our deck gets built
8. Starting a family

8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Woke up at 10:30am, it was lovely and much needed.
2. Got the run down on the basement re-model
3. Cleaned the house with Dec from top to bottom
4. Went to Ikea
5. Went to Best Buy
6. Ate a watermelon gelati at Rita's waterice
7. Updated my art blog
8. Went to bed way too late, at 1:30am (or early?!)

8 things I wish I could do:
1. Build our deck
2. Paint all our bathrooms
3. Eat healthier and/or lose weight easier
4. Get rid of migraines for the rest of my life
5. Stay home and take care of my kids (umm, when we actually have them)
6. Do some magical thing that would help all these bigger problems in the world, I just feel so insignificant.
7. Go to Africa with Declan at some point
8. Enjoy cooking and cleaning, and be the domestic diva that I long to be.

8 shows I watch:
1. The Office
2. Fringe
3. Parks and Recreation
4. The Hills (shhh, don't let that out)
5. Celebrity Apprentice
6. Diners, Drive ins and Dives
7. Ace of Cakes
8. Say yes to the dress

Copy and Paste and put your answers on your blog:
1. Lyryn
2. Susan
3. Kesh
4. Kristin