Thursday, April 29, 2010

This always makes me laugh!

Got this forward today at school. It is so funny, but SOOO true!

Jeff Foxworthy on School Employees*
YOU might be a school employee if you believe the playground should be equipped with a Ritalin salt lick.

YOU might be a school employee if you want to slap the next person who says, 'Must be nice to work 8 to 3:30 and have summers off.

YOU might be a school employee if it is difficult to name your own child because there's no name you can come up with that doesn't bring high blood pressure as it is uttered.

YOU might be a school employee if you can tell it's a full moon or if it's going to rain, snow, hail....anything!!! without ever looking outside.

YOU might be a school employee if you believe, 'shallow gene pool' should have its own box on a report card.

YOU might be a school employee if when out in public, you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know and correct their behavior.

YOU might be a school employee if you have no social life between August and June.

YOU might be a school employee if you think people should have a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.

YOU might be a school employee if you wonder how some parents MANAGED to reproduce. YOU might be a school employee if you laugh uncontrollably when people refer to the staff room as the 'lounge.'

YOU might be a school employee if you encourage an obnoxious parent to check into charter schools or home schooling and are willing to donate the U-HAUL boxes should they decided to move.

YOU might be a school employee if you think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.

YOU might be a school employee if you can't imagine how the ACLU could think that covering your students chair with Velcro and then requiring uniforms made out of the corresponding Velcro could ever be misunderstood by the public.

YOU might be a school employee if meeting a child's parent instantly answers this question, 'Why is this kid like this?'

YOU might be a school employee if you would choose a mammogram over a parent conference.

YOU might be a school employee if you think someone should invent antibacterial pencils and crayons...and desks and chairs for that matter!

YOU might be a school employee if you know how many minutes, and seconds, are left in the school year!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Parker at 16 months

Parker will be 17 months on May 3rd and here are some things that are his favorites.....

TV Shows:
  • Blues Clues
  • Backyardigans
  • Handy Manny
  • Micky Mouse

Toys:

  • Cars-He loves Matchbox cars!
  • He got a red riding rocket for Christmas but he is just now really starting to play with it. He's riding it all over the house.
  • He LOVES to swing, or as he would say "wing"
  • He loves to ride in his red car outside. It's the red car with the long handle where we can push him.
  • He also loves to ride on the bike with Chad. We got him one of those seats you attach. It's fun to go for a family stroll!

Food:

  • Sadly, this is different everyday but there are the things I can count on him eating.
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • biscuits, sausage, and bacon
  • Dora yogurt (He calls Dora "Dorey")
  • Any kind of snack cracker Ex: Goldfish, Ritz, Animal Cracker....
  • Waffles
  • Bananas
  • Peanut butter toast
  • Butter and cinnamon toast
  • yogurt cereal bar

Words: This will be hard and I know that I will forget a bunch, but I'll do my best.

  • Mommy
  • Daddy (Daey)
  • Gee (my mom)
  • Pops (my dad)
  • Aunt Shea Shea
  • Mimi (Chad's mom)
  • Popi (Chad's dad)
  • cars
  • outside (He is not saying "ass" anymore ) :)
  • yummies (food)
  • juice
  • bus
  • "Baey" Bailey, our dog
  • Cat/Meow
  • Bo (mom's dog)
  • Isee (be easy) That is what we say when he's being to wild!
  • Swing (wing)
  • "Manny" Handy Manny
  • Bu (blue)
  • pass (pacifier)

My mom claims that he counted 1, 2, 3... for her the other day but Chad and I haven't heard him do that either. :) She also said that he rolled over for her at 2 months but Chad and I didn't see him roll over until 10 months.... See a pattern??? :)

He has been sleeping really well at night but he still really doesn't nap long enough. He will go to sleep around 12:30 for a nap and on a good day, he'll sleep for an hour and a half. He needs more than that but he always wakes up. He goes to sleep at night around 7:30 and gets up anywhere between 6-7. Ugg...Maybe this summer he'll sleep later. :)

We are having so much fun right now. I think that every month Chad and I say that this is our favorite time so far! :) We are just getting excited about summer!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Speed Demons! (JK)

Gotta brag!!

At the last minute, I decided to go ahead and run the Swampers 5K Saturday morning. I figured that the weather was going to be too bad to run, but when I woke up Saturday morning, the bad weather seemed to be holding off.

Chad, Parker, and I literally FLEW out the door and headed over to Muscle Shoals for the race. We pulled up at 7:50 and the race started at 8. I pined on my number and ran to the starting line. As soon as I was able to stretch a bit, the race started.

It was by far the easiest course I have ever done. Completely flat + no hills =easy race!

Sweet Megan was also there. It was her second race and I was so glad to see a running buddy there. (We've got to get Courtney's foot better! I hate going to races by myself...Can you say, loser!) Cara, are you reading this??? hint, hint!

I was pretty proud of my time. Since I dropped out the half marathon, I have been focusing more on shorter runs and improving my speed. I ran 3.1 miles in 27: 30. It was my personal best time. After the race, the bottom was about to fall out so we quickly headed to the car to get home.

Didn't want my baby getting wet! So we left before they announced the winners of each division.

They posted the race results this morning and I found out that I placed!! I got third place in my age divison..I have only placed one other time and that was because there were only two people in my division and I got 2nd! (So I don't think that really counts.) But this time, I actually did place! I got 3rd out of around 13, I think.

Megan got 2nd in her age division. She had an amazing time. It has taken me around a year to really focus on speed and she is just blazing already! She'll be running a 6 minute mile before we know it! :)

Even though I didn't make the half marathon, all in all, it was a good run anyway!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gotta love Spring Break!


I love Spring Break!! We have been on the move since I got out of school and I love it. It all began on Friday. Chad's cousin, Keith, was getting married and Chad's aunt asked me to direct the wedding. Of course, I said I'd be glad to help although I had never directed a wedding before. I've been a bridesmaid too many times to count so I was hopeful that I could handle it. She also asked Chad to be the "video man." His other cousin, Ryan, had his bachelor's party in Birmingham the same to watch some Indy car race. Don't know much about that stuff.... So basically, to sum up the weekend...we both ran around like crazy people. Parker and I drove back and forth from Florence to Athens and Chad drove back and forth from Birmingham to Athens...But all in all the wedding was beautiful and it was a fun weekend.

I packed up all of our stuff on Sunday after church and drove over to Athens to meet Chad Sunday night as he returned from Birmingham because we were headed to Chattanooga for some family fun! We didn't leave Athens until 7:30 so we got a very late start. Parker slept a good bit of the trip so the car ride was easy...Getting him to go back to sleep in the hotel, not so much...He was up until 12:30...Chad and I were worn out!

First, we went to the aquarium. It's expensive but VERY nice. Parker liked it as much as a 16 month old could....He pointed at everything and said "fish."

We stayed until lunch time and we walked down the street to Mellow Mushroom for pizza. Yummy is all I can say about that!

We went back to the hotel to get Parker's swimsuit. We had a few people recommend a park that was across the bridge. We packed up the stroller and headed over. Parker LOVED the water fountain. It was full of kids playing and having a great time.
He was having fun but had to stop because it got a little wild....Girls gone wild at the splash pad....Topless girls! (He literally stopped and watched her walk by!)


We ate Shave Ice and headed back to the hotel for more water fun. We swam in the indoor pool for awhile because I wanted to try out my yard sale find. I bought Parker that floatie from Kayden next door but he hated it. Anyone else have one of those?? Just thankful I only paid 3 dollars. :) It will be in my yard sale pile now.
The Chattanooga Lookouts were playing the Huntsville Stars at the staduim across the street so we packed up the stroller again and headed over for some baseball fun....I love nothing more than stadium nachos so I was a happy girl. BUT, don't let this picture fool you. Parker pitched a total fit...Poor thing was just exhausted. We had such a fun day and he only slept for around 30 minutes..He was just worn out. He feel asleep for a bit during the game but we had to leave around the sixth inning. It was still a fun night to sit outside and enjoy baseball.

We got up this morning and ate breakfast and walked down to the Children's Museum. Holy Cow! It's amazing. I wasn't really sure if there would be much that Parker could do but he LOVED it! We already can't wait to take him again.
Weighing the fruits and vegetables...


Playing the harp...


Of course we had to play the "Manny Tools" He LOVES Handy Manny.


The kitchen was also a big hit.


And what kid doesn't love to play in the water??

It was a great getaway trip for the family. We weren't worried about any schedules. We just did what we felt like doing. Everything we did was within walking distance of our hotel which was nice. We are hoping to go back a couple of times this summer.

On the way home, we stopped a bought a mini van...But I'll keep you hangin on that one...MOre to come!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yes mam..

When did I become old enough to be referred to as "Mam" by a college student.

I was going to pick up Parker yesterday at Mrs. Jackie's and her husband has a lawn care business that he does on the side. He has a college guy that helps him and I noticed that the guy had on a Sigma Chi tee-shirt...I decided to be "cool" and strike up a conversation..

Me: "I noticed your Sigma Chi t-shirt. Are you a Sigma Chi at UNA?"
Him: "yes, mam."
Me: "Oh, please don't say yes mam to me. I promise that I am not that much older than you. I love Sigma Chi because my husband was president of Sigma Chi at UNA. It's a great chapter."
Him: "yes mam it is."

I was thinking....Didn't I just say, don't say mam to me????? I then went on my merry way but I couldn't help but think about it. I guess that I really am "that much" older than he is. Actually, I am probably at least 10 years older than he is....It's just that I feel like I should still be a college student or at least close enough to "kinda look like I just got out." :) It seems like yesterday that I lived on Spring Street with my roomies...staying up late, midnight runs to Wal-Mart, and proudly sporting my Alpha Gam letters....Our only care in the world was who to ask to formal and what to wear...

I need to quit fooling myself and just accept that he was a kind, well mannered young man that was just doing the right thing by saying "Yes mam." He didn't do it because I look old and 30, he was just being polite...

(At least, that is what I am going to tell myself anyway!)
I still look like I'm in college, right??? ha ha!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's ok to admit defeat....

I am at school, the kids are in music..I do have one million things that I need to be doing but my mind has already moved on to Spring Break....(I'm sure that I'm not the only one!)

It's official. I have finally made the decision to drop out of the half marathon. I went through different stages of feelings about the situation. First, I was really embarassed to admit defeat. I have told so many people that I was training for the race and to have to go back and say I quit, is hard! No one likes to set a goal and fail.

Also, I am just sad. I had pictured myself running across that finish line to receive my medal so many times. I can truly say that I gave it the best effort I could. I think that this is a good life lesson for me though. Many times in my life, I take on more than I can handle. My days begin and end in a mad dash. School is great, but exhausting. I pick up Parker at 3:30 and begin the next leg of my wild day. I then attempt to cook (or reheat) dinner...Not to mention chores, laundry, errands, etc...After all then, then I have to run 5 miles...?????

I was doing great. I trained hard and ran the Huff and Puff 15K with a pretty good time. Since then I got really sick and missed a week of running. We have had so many busy weekends lately and now Chad is coaching Upward soccer so that keeps me from runningon MOnday night and Saturday mornings.

I have come to the point to admit that I just couldn't do it. I could not handle all of the responsibilities and that is OK! I will try again but I will admit that I am looking forward to going for a run, just to run. I was very stressed about training properly. I did not want to go and spend all that money on an overpriced hotel and not do well. I will go back to running just to run. My goal this summer is to consistenly run three miles a day, maybe four.

I'm sad to say that the "training" is officially over but I feel that we often put too much pressure on ourselves to be "perfect" and accomplish too many things. I do feel though that I have met a goal though because a year ago I couldn't run down the driveway and now I am able to run, actually breathe, and enjoy it!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter 2010


The church Easter Egg hunt was last night at church. Of course, since it was Parker's first egg hunt, Mimi and Popi (aka..Chad's parents) came over for the evening. THANK goodness that Parker didn't really understand what was going on because he didn't get ANY eggs! There was a pretty big crowd and we started in the building. They said to start walking outside. By the time we got outside, EVERY egg was gone. Poor little Parker! Thankfully I was prepared for the situation because I had packed some extra eggs in my purse so we threw those out on the grass and he "hunted" those. All in all, it was a fun night.

Here are a few pictures from the night.



Tonight I had my family over for dinner. I love being with my family especially since we have little ones running around now. It was me, Chad, mom, dad, my brother Craig and his wife, Shea. My Aunt Debbie and my Uncle Rich. My cousin, Mark and his wife Leah, and their precious little Addison. Parker had a blast playing outside with everyone watching!



Parker had so much fun playing with Mark.


Sweet little, Addison. Of course, she was just passed around all night. After everyone left, Chad said...No one ever let me have a turn. I wanted to hold her...Bless his heart.....I think that we've got a touch, JUST a touch, of baby fever.


We attempted to get a picture of the cousin's but Parker wasn't having it...


Parker on his slide.


One more of sweet Addison.
We are heading to Athens tomorrow after church to celebrate with Chad's family. I can't wait!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Eggs, Eggs, everywhere!

I don't really have time to write right now so I am not sure what I am thinking. I am at school and the kids are in PE. We are about to hide around 240 Easter eggs for my class egg hunt...Whew....Imagine...19 kindergarteners running around like CRAZY!! Thankfully I planned the hunt at the end of the day so I can send them home when they are wild and crazy.

Tonight is Parker's first Easter egg hunt. I know that I always get weepy about this kind of stuff but I am so excited about it. Each milestone I am just so thankful that God answered our prayers and gave us this sweet, precious child to share life with. I can't wait to watch him hold his little basket and run! We've been "practicing" and he kinda gets the idea....

Can't wait! I'll post pictures after the hunt tonight....(if I survive the class hunt first!)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Great email!

I am sure that you have seen/read this before, but I love it. I know that all my teacher buddies appreciate it!

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: 'Let me see if I've got this right. 'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning. 'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride. 'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job. 'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams. 'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card. 'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps. 'You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . . I CAN'T PRAY?


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