Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Top 3 Causes of Stress in Schools

1. TAKS Testing
2. Getting ready for TAKS Testing
3. Thinking about TAKS results

Cheap Entertainment

Josie had a friend from school over this past weekend. Here is their favorite form of fun.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Same Song, Second Verse

Today I'm home with Jake. Cody took him to the doctor yesterday, and today it's my turn. I guess Josie shared her sore throat from last week with him. Hopefully he'll be able to go back to school tomorrow. At this rate, I'm going to run out of days!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

16 Things

After reading my sister's list, I decided to post my own. Not sure if anyone will really want to read it, but here goes...

1. If I were shipwrecked on a deserted island, I would want Cody with me. Who else would hunt and fish for our food??

2. I can't imagine my life without Josie and Jake. I think Josie has a future in drama, and Jake will want to be something that involves shooting stuff.

3. I am halfway through with my master's degree in administration. I never would have expected to ever aspire to be a school administrator.

4. I love peanut butter and chocolate mixed together, but recently I have given up desserts and sugar. Valentine's Day will probably make it hard to keep this up!

5. I love to read. If I let myself, I could stay up until 1:00 am every night reading.

6. Lately my house has suffered due to a family obsession with playing Wii Fit.

7. I grew up in Happy, TX and graduated with 16 other people. I wouldn't trade growing up in a small town and being the daughter of a farmer for anything.

8. One person I really admire is my mother. She is strong and brave and never fired her farm "hands" even when we plowed up fences or almost dropped the plow on the shop. Maybe that is an even trade for the time she didn't unplug the electric fence before she sent us out to roll it up.

9. My best memories of growing up are at the farm with Nonnie. She would make a lunch in an old tin lunchbox, saddle Jughead (the horse), and we would go have a picnic under the trees. She never saw a hole that she didn't stop and poke with a stick or throw a rock down. And if she stepped out the back door with her 22, everyone had better watch out. She used to say we had to wait until 6th grade before she would teach us to drive, but she never held out that long.

10. Someday I would like to start a photography business.

11. I truly believe that God has a plan, and things happen in our lives for a reason. All of our "things" shape us into the people we are meant to be.

12. I love having a group of friends, known to some as the "sisters," who know me and accept me for who I am. I didn't grow up with these girls, but if feels like I did.

13. One thing I miss about our college days at Texas A&M is going dancing with Cody. (Well, also the no responsibility part, too.)

14. My favorite book is Too Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I even had a dog named Scout. One of my favorite authors is Janet Evanovich. If you haven't read anything by her, you should go check out some of her books from the library. I guarantee you will laugh out loud. I really enjoyed the "Left Behind" series. (Even Cody read all the books in the series!)

15. One place I love to visit is my Mother- and Father-in-law's house on Inks Lake. It's like a home-away-from-home, except the food is much better than at my house.

16. I would probably get more done around my house and with my school work if I didn't spend so much time blogging.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Our Latest Project

We've been working on a craft project this week. This is a doll cabinet for all of Josie's doll clothes and accessories. We painted it white and then decoupaged the doors with scrapbook paper. There are so many cute paper choices that I wish we have two or three more cabinets to do.

It is kind of sad that the dolls have more clothes and shoes than we do!

Sick Day Update

Josie and I are still at home today. She is feeling much better and not running fever. Thankfully she doesn't have mono, so we will be heading back to school tomorrow. Right now she is skiing, hula hooping, and walking the tightrope on Wii Fit.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sick Day

Today I am home with Josie. She has been sick since last week. She's still running fever, and we are now waiting for mono test results. She doesn't have strep or flu, so we'll see...

5 Reasons to Enjoy a Sick Day (according to Josie)
1.) Disney Channel (Phineas and Ferb is Mama's personal favorite)

2.) Unlimited Doll Playing with Mia and Samantha

3.) Blanket, Pillow, and TV (Who wouldn't love that?)

4.) Chicken Noodle Soup

5.) Snuggling on the couch with Mama

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. Please don't tell my kids how to tell time. (Then they would know if it is really bedtime.)
2. Can you let me sleep late in the morning?
3. The color brown makes me want to eat chocolate!
4. I have a craving for chocolate.
5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it on a time when we're all together as a family.
6. Eyes are the windows to the soul. (I know, you would think I could do better!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out at home since Josie is sick, tomorrow my plans include spending time with Cody and the kids and Sunday, I want to get my school assignment quickly so I don't have to worry about it!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Target Practice

Today was a good day for BB gun practice, especially now that Daddy has cut the gun off so Jake can hold it correctly. The weather was beautiful today, perfect for backyard target practice.

Our resident shooting instructor requires his students to concentrate very hard. This is serious business, you know.

Josie did not join the fun at the Spivey Shooting Range, but she's always on hand for picture taking.