Ashley and Reese brought Ellie over yesterday afternoon. I am so happy to have her here. I think she and Harley are going to have lots of fun together and be great company for each other. She seems pretty happy so far....she's so tiny and cute:)
For those of you who aren't familiar with Ellie...here's the background. She belonged to my ex-sister-in-law. She and Harley are almost the same age, and have been together since they were puppies. They got Ellie about a year after we got Harley. Anytime either of us needed a dogsitter, we took on that job. Ellie and Harley were together for almost an entire summer two years ago. So lots of my friends and family know her. Ashley has remarried and had a baby, and two more dogs. She didn't feel like Ellie was happy or getting enough love. With three dogs, and the new baby, the dogs were just left in the basement most of the time. So a few weeks ago, she texted and asked if I would be interested in giving Ellie a home if they were to need it. Of course I said yes...and most of my friends/family have said, "if you don't take her, I will". The thought of two dogs did freak me out a little. One is a lot to take care of when you are by yourself. It's hard to find care for them when you leave, travel is tough, etc. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew I would take Ellie. Now Harley will have company during the day when I am at work. Last night one dog snuggled on side of me, and one on the other, and they kept me so warm:) She is just a really cute, tiny, and sweet personality. So welcome home Ellie!
from the past two weekends. This is Kindra and I at the OU/Texas Tech Game. We had a great time.
Shelton with the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
Cute little Kinzley....the bow is nearly bigger than her head:)
Kylan and I....this is her cheese face. She does everytime you tell her to smile for the camera...
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I, unfortunately, was somewhat sick for mine. I enjoyed it, but just didn't feel good. However, I got to see my wonderful family, my friend Kindra, and get lots of rest. I drove in Saturday night so that I could have a day at home to get some stuff done. Last weekend, I drove in for the OU/Texas Tech game, then left again on Wednesday. So I've been on the road quite a bit. I leave again on Friday to drive to Texas for Bethany's baby shower:) I am so happy for her and Jeff, and can't wait to see them. I am just hoping I get over this bug I have. I went to Urgent Care today. They said I had a severe sinus infection/borderline pneumonia. YIKES!!! I asked about work, and the doc said as long as I don't have a fever, I'm clear. So, I guess I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow. We will see. I get observed on Wednesday, so this really isn't the week to be absent for any reason at all. However, I do have to take care of myself, so I'm just going to take it as it comes. I can't believe it's really the holidays...where has the time gone?
is everywhere...especially right now. I must say I am overwhelmed with my surroundings these days. In the mornings, I am driving, and the sun peeks through the trees, and the fog is rising off the lake. It is at times breathtaking. This weekend the weather has been unbelievable. We spent the day yesterday at Big Cedar. For some strange reason, I left my camera on the boat. I missed lots of moments, but I enjoyed them all the same. On the way back, the sky was unbelievable. The trees are so colorful, and I just can't say how pretty and wonderful this weekend has been.
On a different note, I spent much of the morning at school working. I tore off the October page on my desktop calendar, and I was suddenly struck with the fact that holidays are soooooo close! I went to mark Thanksgiving vacation, then I turned to December and marked Christmas vacation. I suddenly realized that IT is here. Even though everything in my life is not where I had hoped it would be at this point, I am looking forward to time with people I love. I just can't believe it's actually so close. Does anyone else feel that way?
Day! Today was gorgeous outside. It has been so cold the last couple of days, so today when I left work, I couldn't believe how nice it was. My car said it was sixty-eight degrees:) I wish we could pause the weather for a bit...the trees are so pretty and colorful, and I just don't know if I'm ready for the cold of weather. Oh well, I guess it comes and goes, so I should enjoy days like this when they happen, and remember them when it's freezing outside! I need to upload some pictures, but I keep finding other things to do. I did take some fall shots today because the leaves are falling so rapidly that I'm afraid there aren't many days left when the colors will show. Hope everyone else was able to enjoy a bit of the great outdoors this afternoon!!!
is all I can say. This time of year is soooo hectic, especially this year for some reason. I have parent/teacher conferences this week....every afternoon until five, then Thursday until 6:00. Kids are there until noon on Friday, so I am certainly looking forward to that. It seems like I have so much to post, but life keeps getting in the way!
I have been finding myself being very negative lately, so I think it's time for a thankful post. So here goes:
Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For TODAY! Harley Family Friends Job Laughter Cell Phone...it means I can communicate with everyone who is far away. Barkley...I saw him today and it made me smile...a lot:) Forgiveness Water...it brings peace to me for some reason. A parent who told me how much she appreciated me and how much her daugher loves school...
It's always nice to remember the things that make you smile. In this season of change in my life, I find myself having to constantly remember how blessed I am and how very much I have to be thankful for:)
I am posting this picture mostly because I needed to see it. It helps me breathe easier...and remember times of relaxation, enjoyment, and peace:) I hope everyone else experiences that when they see it too...Mostly, I hope you are having a good week. This is my Wednesday "pick-me-up". It reminds me to S-T-O-P!!! Life isn't about running, it's about stopping and enjoying the little things that make you feel good. For me, a sunset on the water is one of those little things.
for being such a bad blogger lately. I have been soooo incredibly busy. I wish I had some great stories about what I've been up to, but it's mostly just work. I'm still adjusting to my new job. As soon as I think I've got it together, something else comes up. My uncle passed away last week, so I went to Oklahoma on Thursday, and got back kind of late last night. Needless to say, that makes for a long Monday of playing catch up. I was already planning to go home for the OU game this past weekend, but then that happened, so I took off on Thursday and Friday.
On a lighter note, I had a great time at the game with my friend Carrol. I will post pics one of these days. My camera is still in my car. But we are now ranked #1:) Boomer Sooner!!!
I should have more to write, but I don't. I hope all is well with everyone. I need to check your blogs, and keep up with mine! Have a great week!
a new week. My Monday got off to a good start. Let's hope the rest of the week goes the same way. I've been feeling overwhelmed with a new job, and sometimes missing my "family" of people who I am used to working with. I guess that's something you take for granted. I miss you guys. I am doing good, but it's no fun being the new kid on the block, if you know what I mean. I am ready for things to regulate...both for me and for the kids. Hopefully, the rest of the week will go as well as today did:) Hope everyone has a great week!(((HUGS)))
thank goodness! The kitten was gone the next morning. Hopefully the mommy found it. What would I have done if it had hung around?
Today was the first day I have had at work when I left and felt okay. I usually leave...very late...and feel like I should still be there. It's like I can't keep my head above the water. Maybe I am starting to catch up, adjust, figure out first grade, etc. With that said, I am still very excited that tomorrow is Friday:) I even scrapbooked tonight. I have had pics of Kinzley sitting out for at least a month, even laid out to glue on the page. But every night I am so tired that I look at it and walk away. I don't know what happened today, but I finally did it! I even looked through more pics to scrap. Who knows how long that will take...but as long as it happens, I guess it's okay. I will post a pic of the page this weekend...I must say that it's one of my favorites. Who can resist a baby girl wearing zebra print with matching toes???
anyone else not want to go back to work today? Or was it just me??? No, really, I did not want to go. I wanted it to be summer again. Just keepin' it real. Now it is raining so hard. I have a kitten meowing outside, and I don't know what to do. I don't even have milk here...I don't like milk AT ALL!!! I only have it if it is necessary for a recipe. So I gave the poor thing some rice krispies. Don't ask why I have cereal with no milk, but Rach said of all the cereals I had, Rice Krispies would be the best bet...Thanks Rach! It won't stop meowing It is obviously hungry because it ate the cereal. I don't know what to do. I am terribly allergic to cats, so I can't have one. However, I couldn't handle having an animal outside whom I thought was starving, lost from its mommy...which I think is the case. Any advice out there???
a long weekend. I just wish they didn't go so fast! I hope everyone had a safe holiday weekend and got to enjoy themselves a little bit. But mostly, that everyone got to have a little down time. I know that is what I needed more than anything. I have just been here at the lake. I haven't moved my car since Friday when I returned home from work. All my neighbors were down. We hung out and had a really nice time. I don't know what I would do without them. I also got to enjoy the first weekend of college football. That is something I always look forward to when the season starts to change. My Sooners won 50-2:) Boomer Sooner! Have a great week!
doesn't even begin to explain the way I am feeling right now. The beginning of the school year is always exhausting, but this is different. I guess it is a new school, not knowing all the in's and out's of the school, having first graders for the first time, etc...Plus, I hit my tailbone really hard on Monday. It is soooo sore. I have been taking Ibuprofen like it's going out of style. It hurts to sit down. It hurts to stand, because my feet and legs are exhausted.
But other than all that, I find myself smiling all the time while I am at work. Today was by far, the best day I have had. The kids were calmer, I was calmer, everything was just overall more smooth. I miss my friends in Rogersville, but not the drive I was making. That part is certainly a plus. Not to mention, the resources, which, as I have stated before, are unbelievable. I have a SmartBoard in my room, with subscriptions to anything and everything you could imagine. So, all in all, I think my new job will be good. I just have to toughen up. The kids do too:) They are still crying for their moms at times, falling asleep in the afternoons, don't know what to do with supplies, etc. I guess they are just really little. There is a huge difference between second graders at the end of the year, and first graders at the beginning. It has been quite a shock, but I am adjusting. And like I said, I find myself smiling all the time. That's when you know it is okay. I was walking to my car today, exhausted, but I realized I was smiling for no apparent reason. I hope other people are doing the same thing:):):):):):):):):):)
tomorrow is the first day of school with the little ones, and I mean really little ones:) I am used to second graders, and now I am teaching first grade. These little guys are still officially Kindergarteners...Last night I had open house, and believe it or not, every single kid in my class came for open house. I am actually really looking forward to being with kids and not being in meetings:) I think I am going to like teaching in Branson. It is sooooooooooooo different than what I am used to. But sometimes, stepping outside of your comfort zone is all you need, right? Everything is so much more technological, and it is so much bigger. I am overwhelmed with resources, and with everything else that comes with the beginning of the year. Hope all is well with everyone else. I am especially needing to YAWN...right now.
Well, some pictures, I should say. There are lots more to come. I am just ready to get down to the water for a bit, so I am taking a break from my post. The first picture is of Kylan when I was in Oklahoma. I have lots more to post from that trip.
This next picture is of Bethany and I. Believe it or not, we went the entire time without taking any photos. I hate it when we do that! So, this is the only one I have from my time in Texas. I have pictures of her new sister, Hope, but I will post those later as well.
This picture is of Rich, Rachel's hubby, and someone I am glad to call my friend. I had such fun with them when they drove here all the way from Pennsylvania.
This is my good friend Heather. We spend lots of lake time together:)
Here is Rachel, me, and Heather, chilling on the boat. We had such a good time that weekend.
Like I said, there are many more pics to post. These are just the first of the batch. I'm going to go try to get some time in the sun. I am quickly realizing I haven't taken advantage of the lake like I should have this summer. I can't believe I am about to be back at work. I still have so many projects I had hoped to complete. I spent a few hours this morning power washing the patio. It got too hot, so I jumped in the water. I am going to finish it and move on to the deck this evening. I must say I felt pretty empowered using that huge power tool. Who knew I could be so handy??? Anyways, in between projects, I am going to plan on having plenty of lake time in the days to come:) Happy Tuesday to everyone!!!
is simply flying. That is the only way to say it. I know people who aren't teachers don't care about our summer, but I am becoming overwhelmed with the thought of a new school year. I have begun taking all my school stuff out of the attic. I have to get it all moved in. I think I had four or five carloads when I moved from my old building. I tried to pack seasonally so that I wouldn't have to take everything at once, but still, it's a task! I figure I will work on getting everything down and prioritize what I am going to take with me when I go to my room. Does anyone know a good website for ideas on setting up your classroom. My room is a blank slate right now. So I am looking for ideas. It is always shocking to me how overwhelming the beginning of the year is. We will make it though...we always do!
Anyway, I saw on Heather's blog that she added a bookshelf. I love this idea!!! So I added some of the books I have read this summer. Right now I am reading The Last Summer by Ann Brashares. I am really enjoying it.
from when my family was here. The large words that I have on the page come from the sticker. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I had out all kinds of patterned paper, and didn't use one piece of it. I thought that was kind of unusual. I finished it last week, but I am just now getting it posted. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
this time from the Sooner State:) One thing I love about being in Oklahoma is driving around and seeing all the Sooner signs, license plates, shirts, etc. It makes me excited for football season to come.
I am here with my family now. I arrived on Sunday evening, and will be here until Wednesday afternoon, then heading back to Missouri. It's been a really nice trip so far. My niece, Kylan, spent the night with me last night. We had a lot of fun. She loves all my makeup and clothes right now. She keeps going in my room and looking through all my stuff, wearing my heels around, putting on makeup, asking me to paint her toes and fingers, etc. She is at a really fun age. I have lots of pictures, from when Rach and Rich were here, Texas, and now, Oklahoma. Hope everyone is well and having a good week!
from Texas! I am here with Bethany and Jeff, and enjoying my time with them sooooooo much! I have pics to post, but I will do that later. Just wanted to say hello! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend:)
that I ran across. I can't stop reading it. Anyone who knows my situation will understand why this one stuck.
"If your situation is such that you can cultivate kinder feelings, forgiveness is the most freeing option. Hatred binds us to its object as mercilessly as does love. Forgive, and move one, or stay angry and remain stuck."
Hope everyone has a good week!I just had to post this beautiful picture!
We took these pictures right before they took off for Oklahoma. It was starting to rain, so our photo time was cut short. We had such a nice visit together.
I am so excited because I finally got print cartridges for my printer! I can start printing photos at home now. That means I will have photos in all different sizes again! I have gone to get them so many times, and every time I have gone, they have either not had the pack I need, or they have all colors but one, etc. So, needless to say, I was excited when I went to Staples and there it was! I can print at home again:) Hope everyone has a great weekend!
when my mom, aunt, grandma, and cousin were here. We had a really nice time. I have been slow getting these posted because I have had company since last Friday. The picture on the right is on the huge barn swing. You can see me wearing the black tank top. Max, my cousin, is sitting next to me. It was the hugest swing I have ever been on. The other picture cracks me up. It shows my Grandma and Max on the lazy river ride. They got soaked. I'm not sure if Grandma liked it as much as she thought she was going to. I have other pics to post, but right now I am doing laundry, so I will post them later. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Rachel and Rich were here, and we had a wonderful visit. I have lots of pics from our week together too. It is so nice to have people come and visit. Coming here is like a vacation, so it is always fun to take people to all the cool places around here, and of course, to just hang out at the lake:) Happy Monday!
Last summer I had submitted layouts to this book, and they picked one up. The book was supposed to come out in December. I had finally decided that it wasn't going to happen, and that maybe my layout was lost. However, much to my surprise, this book came in the mail with my layout inside! (My layout was enclosed also:) The book is full of sketches, and then there are different layouts showing how different people interpreted them. It is pretty cool. I am looking forward to using it as a tool really soon:) I used the sketches last summer for submitting, and I loved all the results I came up with. I must say it was kind of a neat feeling to see my layout in print. It came on kind of a down day too, so that made it even better! Sorry for the sideways picture of the book, but I can't get it to post the right way for some reason. The pics are blurry too, I didn't realize that until I looked at them on my computer, so sorry about that as well!
Rachel and Rich are set to arrive at around 4:00 am. I am trying to stay up for a little while, then take a short nap, wake up when they get here, then nap again while they sleep. They left at around 11 this morning. She says lots of Red Bull and Diet Coke have been the key so far. I can't imagine that long of a drive!
to say hello. I hope everyone is doing well! I will say it again and again...I LOVE SUMMER!!! It is so nice to have time to just be...and not be going here and there and everywhere, just time to regroup and get things done and figured out. As this is my first summer alone, I was afraid I would have a hard time adjusting and filling my time, like maybe I wouldn't have a purpose. Was I ever wrong about that!!! I have had time to reflect and think about life and choices and all kinds of stuff. Some happy, some sad, and some just kind of in between. But when I was working, I didn't have time for all of that. I was just in a pure mode of survival. I had my mom, grandma, aunt, and ten year old cousin
here this weekend. They came on Thursday and left on Sunday afternoon. We had a really nice time. But I think everyone was really worn out. We went to Silver Dollar City on Friday, we went to the Landing on Saturday, and shopped on Sunday. It was a really nice time. I have pictures, but I haven't uploaded/edited them yet. I will get to that. I am posting a picture of my huge cactus that I loved when it bloomed! Unfortunately, those blooms are gone now, and we are back to just a cactus, but it is unbelievable how huge it became, and how pretty those yellow blooms were! I just wish it would do that all summer. Anyways, have a great day, and I will post more soon. I am preparing for Rachel and Rich. They are driving from Pennsylvania Thursday, and will be here Friday through July 5 or 6. I am super excited to see them and have them here with me!
I finished this layout last week. It is my Grandma June and Shelton. The pics are kind of blurry, but they will have to do.
This is Harley at the dock-doing her thing! She just runs around and chases fish. She occasionally jumps in after one. Then she swims for a long, long time. She will not get out of the water until she has gone underneath every slip on the dock. It is funny. She loves it down there!
This is a gift from my friend, Woody Woodpecker! I am so stinking tired of that little guy. I filled the holes-again with caulk this weekend to try to keep him away. We will see how it works out. I am getting ready to repaint too, and they say that should help to keep him away.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and a wonderful Father's Day. I had planned to go to Oklahoma and surprise my dad, but found out he was on a fishing trip until Saturday night, so I stuck around here. My Mom, Grandma, and Aunt are supposed to be heading down here this next weekend, so I need to start getting ready for them. Have a wonderful week!
I am trying to get my scrapbooks organized. How do you store your pages? I have always done an album for each year in chronological order, but that doesn't seem practical anymore. They get too huge. I am wanting to do an album each for my nieces and nephew so that they can have them when they graduate. So as I am pulling out my layouts from scrapbooks, I am left with blanks, and I just think I need to change it up. What do you do??? I am considering a friends album, family album, holidays album, etc. Has anyone done it like this? I am overwhelmed, and I can't believe how many pages I have, hundreds, literally to sort out.
Thanks to Allison, I copied your title. But I was so excited to have scrapbooked something. I haven't done that in so long. I keep telling myself I haven't printed any pictures...Ha Ha! I have enough to last a lifetime without ever printing again. I had separated some out during the winter but never did anything with them. I love these pictures of Shelton. He looks so sweet in them. They are from last summer. I will be happy if I can get through some of the stacks of pics I have separated, then I want to get my albums redone. I need to redo them and put them in more of a logical order. I really like this layout considering I haven't scrapped in soooo long. I wasn't too happy with the journaling, but I just scrapped with no plan. So considering that, I think it turned out alright.
So far summer is off to a good start. I have actually had time to BE at my house. I have been spending so much time driving and chasing after things for the past 7 or 8 months, that there just hasn't been time to BE here. I must say it feels really, really good. The first day, I kind of felt lost, like I didn't know what to do with myself. But by Tuesday, I had a little routine together. Get up, eat something, walk for an hour, and just BE here. Angie came down on Wednesday, and we spent the day at the dock. It was so nice to have her here. We went and saw the movie Sex and the City. I was so glad to see it. I miss that show so much. It was good...not as good as I had hoped, but good nonetheless. I hope everyone has had a wonderful week and has an even better weekend! Happy Friday! Amy
I am so excited that it is finally summer vacation! I almost feel like a different person this morning. I have been meaning to post some pictures of the flooding at the lake. If you have ever been to Table Rock, you have probably driven over or boated under the Kimberling City Bridge. This is it now. Just a few weeks ago, the water was up to the road. You are not able to drive a boat underneath on the far left. It is really weird to ride under it because it looks like the boat will scrape the top of the bridge. There used to be a huge space between the bridge and the water.
The picture on the left was our dock last summer. The picture below is our dock now. One of my neighbors actually went and got the bridge from a walking trail that no longer exists, and bolted it to the end of the dock. You can see where the silver things are. That is how far out the water goes. Where the canoe is, is where we used to park our golf carts at. It is truly unbelievable!
The picture below is my friend Heather trying to canoe to the shore from their dock. It is not an easy task, but pretty funny to try and even more funny to watch:)
And of course, I can never resist a beautiful sunset picture at the lake. It is truly the best time to be out there. I had such a good Memorial Day weekend with my friends Heather and Eric, and their company from Kansas City and St. Louis. We ended up escaping a huge storm, luckily. We were out on the water when the storm moved in, and getting to the dock felt like we were in the show Deadliest Catch. When we finally got to their dock, there were strangers parked in their slip. We had to ask them to move over to the slip next to the one they were in. We sat under the dock trying to stay warm and dry for over an hour. If you look at the picture of Heather in the canoe, you can see the raindrops. She was determined to get up to the house. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! To all my teacher friends, HAPPY SUMMER!!! Enjoy, because we all know how fast it flies!
Here is a picture of a rose just getting ready to bloom. These roses are just growing like crazy. They were actually a gift from a kid in my class last year for Teacher Appreciation Week. I kept not planting, not planting, and not planting them. However, I finally threw them into this planter outside. Thank goodness I did, because now I have so many beautiful roses! Every day there are more and more blooms, and the stems are so tall! I never actually even thought that they would grow. However, I guess life throws surprises at you every single day! Now I look at these roses and thank God that I threw them in this pot. I had no idea how much pleasure they would be bringing to me one year later. I hope everyone has a good Memorial Day Weekend!
My friend Tiffany posted about five simple things that make her happy. I loved the concept because it is true that the simple things are the things make life good. I had more than five, so here are six little things that bring me happiness:
1. My spring flowers...They make me smile everyday!
2. Some of the sweetest kids in my class make me things all the time. The fact that they are so young and that they know everything I love makes me smile. They are constantly making me signs that say OU Rocks, and asking me what my favorite color is so that they can use it. They are so genuine, and it has been such a blessing that I have this class this year. I am getting really sad about the end of the year coming. I will miss some of them so very much.
3. The beauty of friendship...I have the very best friends in the whole world.
4. Talking to my mom on the phone nearly everyday. I have come to realize that she isn't only my mom, but she is my friend. I don't know why it took me so long to figure that out. But I am so blessed to have her.
5. Laying in the hammock...my favorite spot!
6. Snuggling with Harley. As she has gotten older, she has turned into such a huge snuggler. She is by my side almost all the time. I wouldn't have it any other way:)
Hope everyone has a great weekend and finds time to enjoy the simple things that make you smile! For all my teacher friends...Yeah...No more Saturday School!
just brighten the days!!! I am loving all my new flowers down here. Today I planted some more. I just can't seem to get enough of all this color! I do wish the water level would go down so that the dock would be accessible. However, I don't see that happening anytime soon. I need to take my camera down and get some pics so that I can show the before flood vs. after flood. Anyone who has been down here wouldn't believe it! The water is so high. Maybe that will be my mission for the week:) Hope everyone has a happy Monday, or as happy as Monday can be. And, as I am posting this, I am hearing that we could have a freeze tonight, so I am slowly bringing all these plants inside, and covering the others with towels or sheets. Gotta love the Ozarks!
Just had to post a picture of Harley's collar. It's not really new anymore, but I never posted the picture when it was. I love it!
We just finished our last day of Saturday school!!! Yippee!!! It really wasn't so bad. It is definitely better than being in school during the month of June would have been. I had nine absent today though. The end of the school year is finally really here!!! I think we have five weeks left:) Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!