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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Time Flies!

Seventeen years ago today my high school sweetheart and I were rehearsing our wedding vows. What a terrific memory.  I remember the weekend as if it were just yesterday.  I can see the faces of people as they came through the receiving line.  I can see my sweet daddy's smiling face as he asked me if I was ready to walk down the aisle.  I also remember my mother pulling the power cord just moments after our 1st dance started.  (poor thing....she was messing around in the kitchen and unplugged the wrong cord.  haha!)  I remember the family and friends who gathered to help us celebrate, and remember those who were unable to be there, too.  I remember that our hotel room was canceled instead of confirmed and we called all over town to try to find the confirmation number.  What a mess that was.  Sorry for waking you Mr. B!!!!! 

We have had a pretty terrific life together.  We dated 8 years before we were married and had 3 more years after that before we had children.  We have one boy and one girl.  We live in a cute little house --with a small house payment.  We have had a lot of laughs together.  We have also cried together.  We have prayed together.  We have played together...but only once in racquetball....and never again.  Oh, and we won't go canoeing in the same canoe EVER again.  No, really....I mean it.  NEVER.  Our marriage withstood our putting in the small patio by our deck.  (My idea...his hard work...I'm surprised he didn't just put my body UNDER the patio and told people I ran off.)  We certainly have not had a perfect marriage, but I would happily say "I do" all over again.  It's been terrific, and I am so happy to get to be raising our children and going through our day to day "stuff" together --even though most days we just call each other and discuss the details of when we'll all be home together and , "Oh by the way, while you're out, will you pick up............" 

Life is delicious...even if it does not turn out exactly like the picture next to the recipe. 

(Cory, thank you for getting my coffee, being the grill master, cleaning the toilets and allowing me to be the princess.  I'm sooo happy that you are my Prince Charming and that you chose to spend your life with me! I am honored and blessed beyond imagination!!!)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last week of June? What?

Seriously...I know that I have been at summer school for 3 weeks, and a LOT has happened in our family since May 20th, but COME. ON.  It is less than 10 days until the 4th of July holiday.  Yikes.  I can't believe it.  Every day goes faster and faster.  Do you ever want the earth to stop spinning so that you can just step off for a few days?  or even a few hours?  Today is one of those days.  I'd like to step off please. 

On a very happy note, I got fresh tomatoes, zuccini, onion, green pepper and sweet corn from a local farm friend today.  I grilled Pork Chops with onion, cooked the corn, sliced the tomatoes and peppers, baked some biscuits and called it DINNER!  It was a hit.  Wish I had taken a picture of it now that I think about it.  It was colorful AND delicious.  I love summer.  (and not just for June, July and August!)  Take care my friends.  This will be a whopper of a week for us at our house.  I won't be in until later this week.  Enjoy and stay cool!


Friday, June 22, 2012

Oopsie Daisie!

OOPS!  Time has not been my friend.  It's been forever since I have been on this blog.  Not really a huge deal with one "follower" and a few blog stalkers.  But.... I need to catch up!

1st...We had 2 glorious weeks of summer "vacation" between school's letting out and the beginning of summer school.  It was terrific!  The kids and I slept in.  We ate junk for breakfast (at 10:30 or 11 am).  We ran errands and hung out and had fun.  We also tried swimming one day.  It was WAAAAY too cold for that nonsense. 

2nd... Summer school is nearing the end.  We have one more week of school with this group of new Kinder cookies.  My own two kids have been working for me this year.  They are paid for being at school to help tie all the shoes, run lunch money to the office, help someone down a fireman pole, work potty patrol, and just be 4 extra hands when I need them most.  They are the best kids I could have asked for.  God blessed me something BIG when he let little ole ME be their Momma.  He is so good to me, and I am eternally grateful. 

3rd. ...  I AM SO EXCITED about teaching 1st grade next year.  My class list was posted today, and I am very excited to see the familiar names of the littles who were in my class LAST YEAR.  I can't wait to see how much progress we can make this year by going into the school year already knowing each other and having already established rapport and relationships.  Sigh.  Totally can't wait!  I needed a little change...nothing drastic....just a little something to keep me excited about my career choice.  (Cuz let's face is NOT like it was 17 years ago when I first began this journey.)  I completely understand teacher burnout.  I'm pretty sure I was on the path.  It's a slow path, but it was there no less.

4th...I am giving private swimming lessons this week.  It's been so much fun.  I thought teaching READING was fun!  Seeing D's excitement and pride for his success is awesome.  I am so proud of the little guy.  He is so afraid of getting his face and head in the water, yet he gives it his best each night.  What a trooper.  I'm sure I'll have to take him to the water park for being such a great student.  

...and finally....I was so happy to see my friends this evening!  The purpose for our gathering was to see a friend who had moved away.  And....Joni, if you read this, it was FABULOUS to see you.  You look terrific.  Seeing how happy you are makes me want to quit teaching and be a stay at home mom!  You look terrific!!  Maybe we can have dinner when you return for the baby shower in July!!!  :D 

I guess that's it.  Three weeks (or more) since my last post, and that's really all I have.  I've been busy.  Our family is running in all different directions.  (what's new?)  I just keep thanking God that I have a reliable car that takes us to all the activities every day.   Seriously, I thank Him that my kids are healthy enough to be IN all their activities.  I will leave you with a few pictures.  These were taken at my hubby's Grandparents' farm.  I just happened to have my camera on this beautiful summer night.  It was such a peaceful evening.

That's it.  Have a terrific weekend my friends.  Enjoy every breath.  Every second.  Every encounter.  Each one adds up to a lifetime of memories.  That is so delicious. 

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