**Look for more pictures of our Halloween adventures tomorrow...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
**Look for more pictures of our Halloween adventures tomorrow...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Mikayla, Drew, and Mrs. Birchfield were all throwing candy to Craig (the kids wanted him to pick it up for them). Do you think he picked up any?? I'm at the back of the trailer pointing towards Craig to make sure Drew and Mikayla don't miss him. Does it look like they did?? LOL Ms. Brown (Mikayla's other teacher) did not get in the pictures, but she was sitting across from me at the back of the trailer. We sure had fun...again I apologize for the blurry pictures but they were all blurry so that's all I've got...
Poppi, Mikayla, and Jennie get ready to cheer Drew and his team on.
Drew loves playing goalie, and he plays this position most of the time. Here some of his teammates help him guard the goal as the other team throws the ball in.
Drew is serious about playing goalie. These pictures were all from Drew's game on October 13th. He didn't sit out a quarter during this whole game because one of our players wasn't there. Two of the four quarters he played goalie!This picture is from Drew's game yesterday. He played 3 quarters of this game, and all three quarters he played goalie. I'm very proud of the job he does as goalie, but it sure makes me nervous as his mom. I still don't know all I'd like to know about soccer, but my feeling is there is a lot of pressure on you as goalie. Drew's team is really good about helping him out, and keeping the ball on the opposite side of the field. Playing goalie doesn't seem to make Drew nervous at all - he LOVES it!!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Super Sweet Holly, over at Mama Pajama has awarded me with the Candied Apple Award! She thinks I'm one of the sweetest people she knows. Wow!! Holly is such a sweet person, it sure means a lot that she thinks the same of me!! I'd like to pass this along to s'more super sweet people (get it?).
My friends Becca, at BeccA's Buzz and Holly, at Mama Pajama have also given me the Community Blogger Award. This award celebrates people who reach out and make the blogger community a better one. You both sure know how to make a girl feel special!! If you've never visited their blogs you should check them out - you are in for a real treat! Now for the fun part, I tag the following people who truly make the blogger community a better one:
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Drew and Mikayla - I love this! It's easy to see how much they look alike in these pictures.
Poppi and Mikayla
Poppi and Drew
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
As soon as we pulled in the parking lot the kids started squealing, and yelling "I see the rides, I see the rides". This to me is priceless - to see their excitement makes me even that much more excited (not hard since I love the fair too!).
Once we got inside, we ran into Garrett (was in my class last year, and played on the same baseball team with Drew) and his family. Mikayla, Drew, and Garrett ride the spinning bears.
Drew loves the bumper cars. Mikayla remembered that she didn't like riding this by herself at the beach this year, and didn't go on.
As we were waiting in line for the teacups, Annabeth (from dance) ran over to Mikayla. They were excited to ride this ride together!
Mikayla rode the roller coaster all by herself twice, and loved it. Check out that smile!
Drew likes the helicopters because they really "fly".
I LOVE Drew's face in this picture! It's like he's thinking "come on daddy do you have to act like that?" Everyone that knows Drew knows that he acts just like his daddy. In fact, his teacher said that to me today!
Here Drew and Mikayla ride the roller coaster together. They like to ride in front whenever possible, and they like to hold their hands up. Drew still doesn't look like he's having much fun here, but I promise he enjoyed himself!
Jennie and Mimi take a break as Drew and Mikayla enjoy the rides!
Mimi and Poppi look on with Drew and Mikayla as they see what the "new" bumper boats are all about!
Of course they both had to try them, and loved them! I don't think they wanted to get out. The whole time I was thinking I would not want to be the operator of this ride - they had to stand in the pool the whole time and help the boats move around.
One of my favorite pictures from the night. They were riding the boats that go around on a track (like the motorcycles) and just before the ride stopped I looked and they had their arms around each other (where they criss-crossed in the back), and I just had to get a picture! My children are perfect by no means, but when they are sweet, they are super, duper sweet!
Mikayla rode the "drop zone" for the first time this year. Drew was going to ride beside her, but decided to get off before the ride started. This is normally one of his favorites, so I'm thinking he was getting tired. Mikayla didn't mind riding by herself (without Drew), and rode it again and again. I think this was her favorite ride of the night. In the photo above she made a new friend while riding, and in the one below she is being brave (holding her arms up). This was hilarious to watch. She would hold her hands up while the ride went up but as soon as it dropped (more like bounced) down, she would grab the bar and scream! Too Cute!
Ooohhh my mom is going to get me for putting this picture on here, but I couldn't resist one of them eating. Part of the reason I LOVE going to the fair is for the food. My uncle has been at the fair the past two years selling food (he owns The Hot dog Cafe here in town), and we enjoy some of his.
After we ate it was time to see the animals - another one of my favorite parts. Drew and Mikayla look at the cows first!
Next we see the horses. Mikayla is telling Drew "he is gonna bite you"! He didn't bite. I think all the animals could smell the mustard/food on Drew's clothes because none were afraid of getting very close to him.
We all had a super time at the fair, and Mikayla was already asking to go back last night! I am glad we went when we did though because we saw last night/this morning on the news that they had raised the rates. When we went, it cost 5 dollars each for Craig and myself because we weren't riding anything. We paid 14 dollars each for Drew and Mikayla so they could have unlimited rides. We saw that as of yesterday, everyone paid 14 dollars to get in whether they rode rides or not. We saved 28 dollars just by going a day early. If they continue with those prices we may have to find another annual tradition...
Drew dances to the Hokey Pokey - hard to do on skates!
Bryson blows out his candles! Happy 7th birthday Bryson - we enjoyed celebrating with you!
I was so proud of Drew when, during the second quarter, he was playing goalie and he cheered Jose on every time he kicked the ball to the other side of the field. It was great to hear him demonstrate good sportsmanship that we talk about all the time!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
8 things I want to do before I die: See My Children Grow up To Be Happy and Healthy, Lose weight, Go on a cruise, Swim with dolphins,
Have another child, Grow Old With My Husband, Learn Irish Step (type of dancing), Write a book
8 things I say often:
I love you, Where's my boy/girl?, Baby?, Who's boy/girl are you?, Gimme Sugar (when I want kisses from my babies), Come here, Please don't do that, You wanna read
8 books I've recently read:
I'm gonna come back to this one - all that comes to mind right now are children's books. :)
"More Than a Memory" - Garth Brooks (okay anything by Garth really, I just love him!), "I Need You" - Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, "Never Wanted Nothing More" - Kenny Chesney, "God's Will" - Martina McBride, "I Can Only Imagine" - Mercy Me, "Stand" - Rascal Flatts (I could listen to any of their songs over and over too!), "I Hope You Dance" - Leann Womack, "I've Been Watching You" - Rodney Atkins
8 things that attract me to my best friends:
funny (good sense of humor)
8 things I've learned this past year: Drew has a lot of energy (as if I didn't already know this), Mikayla loves to read, We shouldn't take our health for granted, I love naps, How to make jewelry, My new students, What's involved with being teacher of the year, How to give a newspaper interview
8 people I think should do Crazy 8's
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
1) What I was doing ten years ago:
I had just graduated high school, and was beginning my first year of college. That doesn't seem possible...
2.) Five years ago:
Celebrating my son's first birthday. Mourning the loss of a close family friend who died in a car accident - he was only 20 years old.
3) One year ago:
Celebrating my son's fifth birthday and my daughter's third. Beginning my 6th year of teaching.
Church, then spending time with my family. You can also read about Drew's accident below.
5.) 5 snacks I enjoy:
chips, popcorn, strawberries, snack mix, oatmeal cream pies
6.) 5 Things I would do if I suddenly had $100 million:
a. Give my parents 20 million dollars because they deserve this for putting up with me. No, not really, they deserve this for all of the things they've done for me, my sister, and my brother (not to mention my children) over the years. This would enable my dad to buy that Mercedes (he always asked how I would buy him one on a teacher's salary), and my mom to buy whatever her heart desires.
b. Put 20 million dollars up for my children. This could pay for their education and then some.
e. The rest to Uncle Sam.
7.) 5 locations I would like to run away to:
a. my parents house b. mountains c. beach d. Bahamas (cruise) e. Spa
8.) 5 bad habits I have:
a. biting my fingernails b. procrastinating c. overly protective with my children (although I'm not so sure that's bad in the world we live in today.) I'll have to come back for the other two - I'm sure there are lots of others, but none that my tired brain can think of at this moment.
9.) 5 things I like doing:
playing with my children, reading, scrapbooking, swimming, blogging
10.) 5 TV shows I like:
Big Brother, Survivor, Everybody Loves Raymond (reruns), Two and a Half Men, Amazing Race (haven't heard anything about that this year)
11.) 5 things I hate doing:
laundry, washing dishes, mopping, do you see a pattern here...
12.) 5 Biggest joys of the moment:
Craig, Drew, Mikayla, other family and friends, and teaching!
...and I tag my sister Jennie, Mama Pajama, and Bridget
Yesterday evening we went to Mimi and Poppi's house for supper. Drew climbed in the bed of Craig's truck as it was parked in the drive-way. Mikayla started asking to put the tailgate down. Drew, being the helpful big brother that he is, leaned over to open the tailgate (leaning on the tailgate as he did this). When the tailgate went down so did Drew. First, on his belly on the tailgate and then falling head first onto the drive-way. Craig and I were directly beside the truck but we couldn't get to the back in time to catch him. I was fearing the worst as I picked him up, as he had landed on his face (I thought it would be covered in blood). Luckily there was only minor marks on his face, but he immediately starts crying that his arm is broken. We took him in the house and got him to hold a bag of ice on it. When he was still favoring the arm after an hour or so and he wouldn't/couldn't move it much, we decided he needed to have it x-rayed. Craig brought Mikayla and I home because we weren't sure how long they would be at the emergency room. After x-rays the doctor determined that he had a bad sprain, and put his arm in this sling. Drew was still in some pain today, and he was still favoring that arm some. I told Craig to ask the doctor/nurse what we could do to limit his injuries - her response - "oh I'm afraid you've just begun, he is a boy". That didn't help me to feel better in the least. I am just so thankful he was not injured more - this accident could have been a lot worse!
Then they both went down this huge slide, called the Tree House.
Finally they got to ride the ponies - one of their favorite parts. Drew rode Boomer, while Mikayla rode Charlie!