May 29, 2011

it's gonna be H-O-T.....

and you're gonna need a P-O-O-L!!! well, somewhere I need a pool! Our A/C went out on yesterday and it's really hot in this house. Hubs booked a hotel room for tonight and luckily we know a very reliable and reasonable A/C guy. He's actually here right now looking at the problem but we don't know what the cost will be or the exact issue. Thank God my hubster has worked some serious overtime at work b/c I have a feeling this A/C fix is gonna cost us a couple hundred dollars.
I, on the other had, have been torturing myself down in the basement, ditching, weeding out, and organizing all that crap we've accumulated over the years. I'm gonna try and get some shelving (paid for by the OT the hubs did) from Lowe's and I think that will help me a lot. One of the main reasons I HAVE to get this done is because my mom & I are going to MD in mid-June to retrieve her stuff from storage. I'd rather her things be here in my basement and safe than for her to not be able to pay for it and lose it all. So, I'm trying my hardest to REALLY get stuff organized. I looked into the cost of renting a 10 cu. foot dumpster and it was $265!!! I can make several trips to the dump for less than that. I should take before pics of the whole disastrous mess down there but with that comes a lot of shame so I will spare you and myself. Maybe after I get it all done I can show some pics. We'll see.
On another note, this is the last week of school! HOORAY! This will be the first year that I get to experience the end of the year in a school setting. I'm kinda sad and happy. I will miss seeing the people but boy do I have a lot going on this summer. It seems like this summer will be much more busier than last. That's okay, it's just I hope I get to do some relaxing too! We have Nashville Shores passes this year so that will help. Grant has Lego camp and Cub scout day camp. I need to get him some swim lessons lined up too. VBS is right around the corner and a birthday party to plan and lots of swimming. Hopefully I can get some scrapbooking in and maybe a few craft projects. Boy OH boy it's gonna go by fast! The countdown begins June 4th!

May 27, 2011

Dear Me

I just love that First grade is where reading and writing really take off and it can be the measure from which we gain perspective and insight into the mind of our children. It's probably one of the main reasons why I love the younger grades. This is the last letter that Grant wrote as part of his writing practice in his class. The students in his class wrote letters to each other and then the teacher compiled them altogether to make a sweet book of "Letters from Friends". It's just so precious!
This is a letter that Grant wrote to himself. Although I'm not sure this was supposed to be a part of that little book, I absolutely love it! He is super smart and I'm not just saying that because he's mine but he really is pretty smart and he's a great reader and writer. I can't even imagine how different his first grade year could have been if I hadn't been hired by the county I work in. I owe so much to Mrs. Greene and her ability to be such an effective teacher even though her class has many "chiefs' and few "Indians". It is impossible to believe that my baby boy is going to be a 2nd grader and 7 years old!!!

Have a Blessed Memorial Day Weekend!

May 16, 2011

trying NOT to keep up with the Jones'

My insecurity is creeping up on me, well not "up on me" rather "in me". The ugliness of that shows up in different ways and I begin my random thoughts of "I wish....." It's crazy and silly and stupid and wrong.
Trying to NOT keep up with the Jones' is un-American. We are bombarded with thoughts, images, commercials, advertising, and other media that to 'feel' or be successful is to OWN IT ALL! HAVE IT ALL! DO IT ALL1

It's just ridiculous to be this way. I am contantly figuring out what the story is that God is writing for me. I seek to be humble, I seek to have peace, I seek to know God's will. I seek Him for his approval. But every now and again this little disastrouss emotion wants to swallom me whole.

How am I going to "kill" this monster? The only answer I have is to continue praying for God to squelch those fleshy desires and read what the Scriptures have to say about the true treasures. God wants me to have.
It's hard people, really hard, especially in this country of instant gratification.
So there you have it, me and all my crazy thoughts on keeping up the Jones'
God help me!

May 11, 2011

A better tasting Pizza! & a Giveaway!

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May 6, 2011

Photo Friday

It's just going by way too fast!
He will be 7 in nine weeks

~Teacher Appreciation~ Part 1

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week

My son has THEE BEST Teacher I could ever ask for!!!

I couldn't resist spoiling her just a bit!

I bought her a giant candy bar and did this:

I wrapped it with a cute piece of scrapbooking paper

Cut a circle and a square

added a piece of string & wrapped 2 mini PB cups
in foil to look like ear buds

I used black stickers for the "You Rock"
and hand wrote the bottom "play" button

Then I attached an iTunes gift card to the back!

~Teacher Appriciation~ Part 2

I totally 'scraplifted' this idea from my BFF (she's so nifty, it amazes me!) go HERE to see her creation.

Mine turned out to be more of a quote type subway art craft

Warning: I make a complete mess when I do any thing crafty!
I layed out all the chipboard I had just to see what I had and where I could start.
I asked Grant's teacher to send me a favorite quote or scripture
this is from
Psalm 103:11

I ended up purchasing a bigger canvas b/c the one I already had was too small.
I painted it a linen color and then accented the chipboard with a green color
I cut the letter from my cricut and then laid it all out

 It took me awhile to get all the letter "just right" & even when I was done
it still wasn't perfect.....oh well
I used Mod Podge to stick all the letters on
and again an entire caot to seal it all

I added this trim to hide the staples around the edges of the canvas
you can barely see it in the picture but it added a very cute element

 Do you like?