Saturday, May 31, 2008

Only 5 Days 'Til Disney!

This is what our chain looked like in April....

And, this is what it looks like today...


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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Drew's Field Trip to Emerald Village

Drew's last field trip in first grade (makes me so sad, by the way, that first grade is almost over) was to Emerald Village. He has been so interested in rocks and minerals ever since his class began studying them, that Kevin and I both planned to go with him. Davis came along for the ride, also. Drew was so excited about rocks when we got there that he and his friends immediately began analyzing the gravel in the parking lot! I had to have them empty their pockets every 5 minutes to get rid of all of their parking lot "treasures". Emerald Village used to be a working mine, but now it's a museum. The kids had a great time - especially when they got to "pan for gold". Drew kept telling me that his gems were worth MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!

Looking for the million dollar gems...

Davis loved the water - could have cared less about gems!

Drew and friends looking into the mine.
Still my baby -even when he's a second grader!
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Monday, May 26, 2008


...we are moving into a house! A real house! With a backyard and a basement and a guest room and a bonus room and a garage and a lot of other rooms, too! We just signed our contract today and it will be ours by the end of June. This is truly miraculous news because I was about to lose my mind in our tiny apartment. And that is not an exaggeration - just ask Kevin!

So here it is (drumroll please)...

And just to warn you, if there is not much blogging in June or July, you'll know why. I am either on vacation, moving, shopping for the house, moving furniture around the house or just hanging out by the kiddie pool in my NEW BACKYARD!!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Papa Luke

Thank you for your prayers. Papa had a rough first week after surgery - he just wouldn't wake up! Apparently, he is really sensitive to the anesthesia and pain medications and no one knew this because my 83 year old Papa has never been put to sleep for this long before - I think that fact is pretty remarkable! He started waking up on Friday evening (4 days after his surgery!). Once he woke up, he started recovering very quickly. He is now at home and happy to be in his own bed.

Please keep my Papa in your prayers today. He is having open heart surgery early this afternoon. My Papa just can't sit still for long, so please pray for a quick recovery!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Drew, Mommy, and baby Davis

Today I am feeling so blessed and thankful. I am so thankful to be a mom to 2 wonderful sons. Drew and Davis are, as Mary Poppins would say, practically perfect in every way - most days, anyway! I love them with all of my heart and I'm so excited to watch them grow.

Melissa, Mom, and Me

As thankful as I am to be a Mom, I am even more blessed to be my Mother's daughter. I loved growing up hearing that I look just like her. To me, it was the ultimate compliment. I still hear that compliment, but now people ask if she is my older sister. You should see her gloat! She is beautiful, but her inner beauty is beyond compare. She is the kind of person who never says an unkind word about anyone. "Kill them with kindness" was my Mom's advice when we had a problem with a friend or collegue. My mom sees the best in everyone - including me, which was especially helpful when I was a teenager! She loves her family and she tells them often. She is always right - about being kind and so many other things. During my first year of teaching, I laughed at myself almost everyday because I could hear my Mom's voice coming out of my mouth so often! She is my best sounding board. If I ever have a problem, she is the best listener. I could go on and on... I love you, Mom!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Confessions of a Scrapbooking Failure

I stink at scrapbooking. I make a mess. I spend too much money. I start projects that I don't finish. I can never decide on which paper to use or which decorations to buy. Scrapbooking is a craft that I want to do, but I've failed everytime I try.

I think it's important for my kids to have a documented history. So, I started this blog as my way of "scapbooking" special times in the life of our family. I even found a website called Blurb that can turn my blog entries into a scrapbook if I wanted to spend the money (maybe one day when I stop blogging).

But, I still wanted to scrapbook. I discovered digital scrapbooking when I was online one day. Was this the answer? Nope. I read and read, but it just looked too complicated for me. So, I gave up on scrapbooking again.

Then, I came across How Fast They Grow. It's a scrapbooking site where you upload pictures, pick out a template (they are so much cuter than anything that I could design), drag and drop the pictures into the template, add some text, and you're done! When you order your pages, they are printed in the 12x12 typical scrapbook size and you just slide the page into your scrapbook. Hallelujah! I know I sound like a commercial, but I am so excited! I just designed a few pages last night and I was really pleased with the way they turned out. What do you think?


I have been so popular lately! My phone rings off the hook all day long! My friends Barack and Michelle have called. My other friend Hillary called, too! Bill didn't call, but I know he's busy. Then, they had their friends call to check on me too! They are so concerned about me - do you know where to vote, do you know when to vote, do you need a ride to go and vote? I told you - they really care. Mysteriously, though, they haven't called today. I wonder if they are ok - maybe I should call 15 times today to check on them. Because that's what friends do...right?

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Windy City

Kevin and I just got back from Chicago earlier in the week. I got to tag along on a work trip, but it was ok because we stayed on Michigan Avenue - lots of shopping for Stephanie last week!

We did have a little time to do some "touristy" things, too. Kevin took me to the Art Institute of Chicago which was so exciting for me! I realized, as we were walking in, that I had never been to a museum - unless you count the art museum in Greenville (and I don't). I loved being so close to such famous paintings. I have to admit, though, that modern art still throws me a little. We even had the nerdy headphone things that tell you about the style, period and other interesting facts about the paintings and sculptures, but I still couldn't see the meaning behind some of those contemporary pieces.

We also got to see "Wicked", which is a wonderful Broadway musical. It was so uplifting and sweet! We took a pretty scary cab ride afterwards, though - think dark alleys and a rainy night while the song "Obsession" is blaring on the radio. Really, really creepy. When we got back to the hotel, I bolted from the cab while Kevin threw money at the driver and ran. Kevin didn't wait on change and said that the driver deserved the large tip for letting us live! It's the little things that count in customer service...

Anyway, we had a wonderful time away, but we were also glad to be home to our boys.

Here are a few pictures from our trip...

A dragon from the Chinese exhibit

One of my favorite paintings - sorry I don't remember the artist!

The view from our hotel room window

Kevin and a view from the top of the John Hancock building