Saturday, March 29, 2008

I've got the Memphis Blues.....

Greg and I got to spend a wonderful 3 nights in Memphis last weekend. I have the blues today just thinking about how great it was. I got to sleep in, eat at great places, shop till I dropped, and spend good quality time with my husband. We stayed downtown in a brand new Marriott. Everynight, we would walk to wherever we wanted to eat. You could take the trolley to all the great downtown places. It was just so good to get out of town and not have to worry about getting anyone dressed but yourself. If we wanted to eat at 9pm, we did. I have to thank my wonderful inlaws for keeping my children. I didn't worry once! Now I am just looking at my calendar trying to figure out the next getaway!!! Ha! ;)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Did someone say VACATION?

I am so excited that I just have to share. I just got my confirmation on the place I have booked for our family this summer for SEVEN nights! Click on the amenties and then resort amenities. Also look at the photos. Do you think my kids are going to like the Lazy River and the pools with the slides??? ;)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mother-Daughter Tea Party

The girls and I went to a High Tea about two weeks ago. It was the first annual tea party here in our city and we had a fabulous time. I am a bit old-fashioned, so this was right up my alley!

Wearing our pretty dresses...did you know that bold prints are in this season? The twins did not believe me! ;)

My neighbor and her daughters and the girls and me! (hubs doesn't know how to take a house looks slanted ;) )

Meredith, Abby G., Madeline C., & Madeline

The tea party was so girly and elegant. We sat at beautiful tables and had our own personal waiter. The girls got to get their picture taken with Miss Mississippi ( on my neighbors camera) and she spoke a very Godly message. We had about 3 different kinds of tea and 3 courses. The first course was little sandwiches including chicken salad on banana bread. It sounds weird, but it was delicious. Then we had two different kinds of scones followed by 2 different desserts and chocolate covered strawberries...DIVINE! There is something so sweet about sitting at a beautiful table wearing your dress, and sipping tea from a china cup while enjoying sweet conversation! It was definitely a great memory for me and my daughters! :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter 2008

We had a wonderful Easter! Did you? Our Spring break week went by far too quickly for my liking. The kids and I had so much fun shopping, sleeping, and just hanging out. Greg and I got to go away on a little trip to Memphis too. It was FABULOUS! I needed that time of rest and relaxation, just like I needed a break from my blog. I am back now and ready to continue posting my pictures and ramblings. It is so much fun to look back and reflect on the memories! Here are some fun pics from our Easter!

My kiddos in all their Easter excitement. Don't you just love Noah's chocolate mouth? ;)

This is Noah's Easter Party at school. Notice how he is crouched down and looking intently at the eggs as the other two children glance over.

Now notice that those same two children have moved on, but not my boy. No, he is just fascinated with that one plastic egg!!!

Noah and his eggs! It was quite windy!

This is what we will be doing just about every day that the weather is nice!

"O four-wheeler, we have missed you! It is time to brush the dust off of you so that I may ride up and down the hill in the backyard. You are such a beauty to behold! "

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A FUNNY Little Quiz...

Uhhhh....I don't know how inspiring I am ???? I do find it hard to turn down opportunities!

You Are a Comma
You are open minded and extremely optimistic.
You enjoy almost all facets of life. You can find the good in almost anything.

You keep yourself busy with tons of friends, activities, and interests.
You find it hard to turn down an opportunity, even if you are pressed for time.

Your friends find you fascinating, charming, and easy to talk to.
(But with so many competing interests, you friends do feel like you hardly have time for them.)

You excel in: Inspiring people

You get along best with: The Question Mark

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Weekend Recap:

I was so happy when my Friday classes were over...the weekend had officially arrived. We actually got snow on Friday night, but it didn't stick. I had to go pick up the twins from a playdate after I taught and I ended up visiting with the mom for over a hr and a half. I am excited that the girls are playing with her daughter because we have alot of the same views and morals! After I got the girls home, dad agreed to take them to a bday party they had been invited to attend. I just couldn't drag myself out again! Saturday morning, our soccer game was canceled and it was SO nice not to have to go anywhere. I realized that we have had a game or games(more often the case) ever single Saturday since the beginning of January. We all enjoyed a lazy morning of no place to go. Greg got the garage cleaned out and I was able to get a few things done inside. I decided to go browse around some stores , but ended up not spending any $! Of course, I more then made up for that today since I just shopped online. I wanted to get a few things for Greg and my weekend trip coming up. I can't wait. Our Sunday has been a blessing. We had a great service and then went to eat lunch at 'Biaggi' or as the girls said "are we gonna go eat at Baggis"? ;) I think we are going to go try a home group in a little bit. We really need to. My week will be busy with 2 soccer games, orthodontist appt, errands, Noah's Easter party at school, my teaching schedule, and Greg traveling. This is our final week before Spring Break and I am beside myself with glee. I can't wait to have a whole week of no school, no soccer games, homework, stress, and NO TEACHING! A week from this Thursday I am meeting Greg in Memphis and we are going to enjoy THREE WHOLE NIGHTS without kids. They will be having a fun-filled time at Hotel Grandparents!!!! I can't wait!!!!! Come on Friday....hurry up! ;)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Fear will Cripple you....

I have always struggled with fear and worry. In fact, I worry about the silliest things. Big or small, it doesn't matter, I still fret! God has always taken care of me, so why do I forget that so easily? Fear can literally cripple you and it can also cause you to make hasty decisions that you are not happy with later. Case in point....yesterday afternoon I had to teach my two classes and I knew the weather was supposed to get bad, but according to the weather it would happen after I got home. I went off to the studio ( after Mere begged me not to ;) ) and started teaching my first class. I only had about 5 of my 13 students but I carried on. During the middle of my class, one of the mothers burst in and told me she was taking her daughter because her husband had called and said the weather was about to get really bad. Well from that moment on, fear gripped my heart. Did I trust? Did I take a moment to pray and ask for wisdom? Sadly, the answer is a big fat NO! I was useless at that point. Thankfully the 4 remaining girls were happy to flit around the studio with scarves ,while I glanced out the window every few seconds! We finished the class and I quickly prayed that no one would show for my next one. Much to my dismay there were about 5 of 13 again. The secretary asked me if I wanted to cancel and I literally could not think straight. She was wanting to get home too, but I just couldn't decide! In fact, a dad that had dropped off his daughter just stared at me like I was a nut job! We decided to cancel and I do believe that he was extremely irritated with me as he shook his head in disbelief! I made it home and do you know that the weather was fine until about 6pm. I would have been fine teaching my class and then driving home! I was so frustrated with myself. When will I learn to not make hasty decisions? When will I learn to just relax and TRUST? I will let you know when I can answer those questions! ;)

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Practice Makes Perfect....

I use my blog to get things off my chest. I am probably writing this for myself and Christy to see ( since I know she reads). I am just frustrated with something. My girls are playing U10 soccer and they have a very good team. During the fall league, we only lost 2 games (we went 8-2) and so for the spring they split the league in half with the top 8 teams playing each other and then the bottom 9 face off against each other. Well it was major reality check....we have been playing the best of the best. Our record at the end of *Spring* regular play is 4 losses, 2 wins, & 2 ties. This morning we played the number 3 seed. The coach had emailed me that it was going to be rough. Well surprise surprise....our girls played great. We scored 2 goals right off the bat and held them scoreless until the 4th quarter. Then they rallied and I think our girls were tired and they scored 2 to tie us. Here is my frustration: why as a coach would you not practice?( we haven't practiced in 3 weeks) Why as a coach would you not make positional changes during the game to best suit the team you are playing against? Why would you not teach your team basics like passing and the like when every other upper team has obviously learned that? I just don't get it. Yes, this is rec league, but still my girls have played soccer for FIVE years now and they are 10 years old and capable of enhancing their skills and really learning the game. Imagine if we did practice and they did play in the right *position*....we would probably have done even better. I told Greg that I just don't understand the coach. It would be like me saying..."oh well I have a performance coming up, but I will just show up the day of with no rehearsal!" Am I wrong? Maybe I just have way too high of expectations! I just believe in excellence no matter what and no it is not all about winning. It IS about playing your very best, having fun, & realizing a personal satisfaction that you grew as a player over the year! I am not sure that Madeline and Meredith will be able to say that with 100% conviction! As their mother, that is what makes me the saddest! :(