Monday, May 28, 2012

This weekend

This weekend did not go as I had planned at all!! I imagined the beach and barbeques but instead on Friday I woke up with a scratchy throat and not feeling well but told's Friday and a 3 day weekend...I can do this! Well, I couldn't. I ended up leaving work early and feeling pretty awful the whole weekend. I have a terrible, hacking cough, body aches, and have pretty much been in bed or on the couch all weekend--not fun. Damian has taken such good care of me and the kids. He's cleaned, cooked, taken the kids swimming and outside to play, visited his parents, taken the kids to church, and even made me mashed potatoes. Definitely my go-to comfort food when I'm sick. We are certainly blessed! I still feel pretty crummy but with only 9 school days left in our school year...I have to do this--hacking cough and voice or no voice!!

This weekend has also been a sad one for me. It's been one year Saturday since my Grandma Goldie passed away. These are some pictures of when we were in Indiana last May. The pure innocence, joy, and laughter on these cousin's faces while swinging warms my heart. We gathered to remember the life and love of my grandma and the family gathering together from near and far was something I will never forget. This barn brings back so many memories of my childhood spent with my grandparents. The pic of my sister and I with sweet Noah reminds me that although my grandparents are no longer here on Earth their legacy lives on in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I'm looking forward to finishing up this school year, it's a little overwhelming but I know I'll survive. I always do! All of my lesson planning, data charts, and report cards are finished, so I just have to keep my students calm, engaged, and have some fun! We also have Max's Preschool graduation and Emma's ballet recital next week. Not to mention I have got to get my end of the year teacher gifts together for the kid's teachers.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Seven Year Old Saturday: Cheery-O's award

I can hardly believe that in less than 10 days I will have a second grader(and a kindergartener) children are growing much too fast! This past week our school had the honor roll awards ceremony and Emma received her Cheery-O's award for another perfect report card. O's for Outstanding! We are so proud of her and all of her hard work and effort has paid off.
She is excited about going to 2nd grade and having her brother at school next year. So am I, but first I plan on enjoying every moment I'm home with them this summer! T-minus 9 school days and counting!!
You can't really tell in this pic but she has lost both front teeth now and her toothless smile is too cute!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mommy and Me Monday

We had another fun-filled weekend! The countdown to summer is definitely on...three weeks to go before the real fun begins!

Here's a shot of my kiddos and I after their cousin's dance recital! Max was less than thrilled to sit still for so long and wasn't really cooperating with my cute cousin pictures, but he pepped up when we headed to my brother and sister in-law's house after the recital. He LOVES to play with his cousins Nathan and Joshua and especially loves their assortment of legos. I pretty much didn't see him until it was time to leave.
More fun pics to come!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

It's hard to believe that I have been a Mommy since 2004...eight years wow!
It truly seems like yesterday! I have enjoyed every moment of this rewarding and sometimes challenging journey. I cannot even put into words how much my kids mean to me. I am beyond proud of them and honored to be their mom. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without their sweet faces. I love having Damian by my side to help me raise them because goodness knows I couldn't do this alone!!

 I have loved watching Emma and Max hit all those sweet milestones along the way, but more importantly I cherish our everyday simple moments that mean so much. They make me smile every day, they make me laugh, they make my heart burst with pride, and they sometimes frustrate me. But that's okay because they are all mine!
After an extremely busy and exhausting day that started with what I like to refer as: the great vomitting of 2012 from one of my students(don't worry I won't go into details but I will say that our custodian said it's the biggest mess he's cleaned up at our school!) and included my observation,(whew-glad that's over!) going nonstop and being a disciplinarian! I thought it would be fun to look back at know instead of folding the mountain of laundry upstairs!! Plus, I'm trying to stay awake for one of my favorite shows. :)

I love looking back at pictures and the memories they hold...

This is one of my all time favorite Mother's Day!
I ordered Emma and I matching dresses! I still have them hanging in my!!
Mother's Day 2006
 Mother's Day 2007

 Mother's Day 2008
Mother's Day 2009 
 Mother's Day 2010
 May 2011 (just realized this was our Easter and not Mother's Day but it was close-oops!)
 Mother's Day 2012