Saturday, May 31, 2008

I can't believe it's finally summer:)

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!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy Memorial Day!

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!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A cute picture

A friend sent this picture in an attachment. I thought it was so cute.
I hope everyone is having a great week! Two weeks from today will be our last day of school!!! So excited about that:)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Simple Things

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 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!