Tuesday, November 24, 2009

the week of giving thanks

Well, it's Thanksgiving, the week of giving thanks.  And I'm pretty sure I have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

I'm thankful for my farmer.  He's pretty sweet when he wants to be :)  We both have wonderful families and tons of wonderful friends, many who we don't get to see enough.  We are very thankful and blessed to be in a new home that we enjoy more each and every day.  Except now I have a larger house to clean, which is a pain, but, I'm not complaining.  We both have good jobs - and very thankful that the Lord answered a huge prayer in allowing me to have a teaching job when I was pretty down about ever finding a job.  And with that new job, I can be thankful that I can now graduate from grad school in May....and May can't come soon enough.  Although I will say that the new house, a new job, and graduate school has pushed me to my limit this semester and I'm ready for something to give!  I am definitely not thankful that I have a bacterial infection, but am thankful it's not strep throat.  I'm thankful that on Thursday I get a Thanksgiving feast that will knock your socks off and hope to be thankful for the Aggies beating the Longhorns, but I'm pretty sure I can just forget about that. 

This Thanksgiving season I feel more grateful than ever because I see more now than ever, through my new job, that there are children in our communities who feel like they have nothing to be thankful for.  They may not spend Thanksgiving with families who love them because they have familiies who don't even care.  We need to remember how lucky we are this Thanksgiving holiday. 

I do know six things that probably aren't thankful this week.  The six deer now hanging on thed wall in Matt's man room.

I do admit that they kind of creep me out.  The wall to the left of the deer has a door that opens up to my desk.  Sunday night I was sitting at the desk organizing and had to shut the door because the deer weirded me out...like they were watching me!  Matt is in pure heaven.  He loves it.  Oh, and there is one over our fireplace mantle, which actually makes seven deer in my house.  It does look pretty awesome if you like that  kind of decor, but it takes a minute to get used to it. 

I will be taking some pictures before I leave town to go to my parent's house so the family can see the house so I'll be sharing those soon. 

Oh!  I almost forgot.  I participated in Jill's ornament exchange over at The Young and the Precious. I've never met the person whose name I got, but I was so happy that I could send her a little Christmas cheer.  Here's the super cute ornament I sent her that you can find at Park Street Market :) 

Oh, and Jill would be happy to know that today, on my day off from school, after I returned from the doctor who just had to tell me I had a bacterial infection...I watched Young and the Restless.  She'll be proud of me.  I haven't watched it in ages, but soaps are always the same....you can not watch in months and pick up right where you left off! 

Speaking of soaps, we now have DVR!  Sooooooo happy.  Actually, ESTATIC.  I can record shows now including my soap.  I've always had Tivo, but it never worked that great.  And then we lived with Matt's parents who have cable and for sure no DVR.  When the Directv guy came to install it there was somewhat of an issue with the DVR and in order to use it we would have to upgrade our other receivers...I gladly agreed...anything to have my DVR.  Sad, huh??  I guess I watch too much TV.  But what else am I going to do while the farmer is working late or hunting late?  Clean? Do homework? That's no fun.

I'm very proud of myself for not creating this post while sitting in class last night.  I actually worked.  I figured since our huge unit plan project was due next Wednesday and I have no internet that I should probably get what I could get done during class.  And I should be working on it now while I'm at the shop, but I keep thinking that I can work on it while I'm at Mom and Dad's this weekend...she says no, we have more important things to do...like eat and shop.  Well, duh, of course! 

I hope you all have a fantastic, wonderful, out of this world Thanksgiving holiday! 

What are you thankful for this holiday season??

Monday, November 16, 2009

bad habit

Ok, so I probably shouldn't make this a habit.  Sitting in class blogging.  But it really is the definition of pure miserableness.  Do not ask 22 college students to sit in the computer lab for 3 hours and expect them to actually do their work.  We blog.  And facebook.  And then do our homework late Sunday night. 

This weekend was madness! It was the major move and it was major.  We succesfully got all of our furniture moved in except two pieces and hopefully those will be moved in this week.  A HUGE thank you to my parents and Matt's parents for helping us move.  And what in the world would I do without house decorator momma to do my decorating for me :)  The pantry is organized, all the kitchen is put away and decorated, one guest bedroom finished, and the living room is pretty much in place.  My closet on the other hand....CHAOS.  Pure chaos.  I would be too embarrased to take a picture of my closet for you.  Before or after.  Because it's pretty embarrasing how many clothes I have once I get them all hung up and placed.  For the past two years I have had closets the size of, ok I don't know what, but they were small.  And half my clothes stayed in bags so I never really knew what all I had.  Until this weekend.  I will say that I have cleaned out a lot and will be dropping off at the consignment shop.  Ok, shoes aren't much better.  Matt couldn't believe how many containers of shoes I had until he saw them all sitting on the bedroom floor.  No comment.  I have an obsession.  CLEARLY.

I am super pumped about next week.  Our school is out for a week for Thanksgiving.  I was beyond happy because back in the day when I was in school we only had Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday out.  The teachers laughed at me today because I didn't realize that we really were out all week...I thought I might get told that even though the students are out, we had to work, but nope, we are out too!  Woo hoo!  I think I may take a trip to Texarkana to see the fam and bestie...after my oh so exciting woman doctors appointment...they are the worst....and no, I am not pregnant.  Although I do think my Dad would like a grandchild now that we are getting settled in our new house.  I'll think about it.  Matt will not. 

I'm still finding it very sad that the only time I have to blog lately has been in class in the computer lab.  Guess it would help if I had internet hooked up at the new house, but that won't be for a few weeks I think.  That's what sucks about being the first person to build in a new neighborhood...no phone connection...although you would think that would be a no brainer these days.  TV should be hooked up in the morning...not that I need TV since I have tons of organizing to do.  Speaking of TV, Directv is on my bad list.  They suck.  Awful customer service. 

Until next Monday night at 6 PM....

or until I can get to a house with internet....

when I have some spare time and that's not likely going to happen soon.

OH!  Christmas Open House this Sunday afternoon at Park Street Market :)  Come shop if you are in the area.  It's sooo beautiful decorated for Christmas!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Is it terrible that I am sitting in the computer lab during class blogging?  I am currently experiencing one big miserable moment in time.  I've caught up on my blog reading and facebook and email so I figured I might as well blog :) 

A big shout out to my bestie Megan for wishing me a happy birthday on her blog.  She forgot about my birthday until late Saturday night and tried to use the excuse that pregnancy makes her forgetful and I told her that she is only 8 weeks pregnant, that she can't be that forgetful yet!  I love you Megs :)

My birthday weekend was very busy!  Mom got here Friday morning and unpacked boxes while I was at work and I joined her after school.  Saturday was spent unpacking, but we did take a break and run some errands in Little Rock.  Saturday night we had dinner and yummy cake with the family.  I bet you can't guess what we did Sunday??  Yep, moved and unpacked some more.  This girl has tons of crap!  Matt's parents did move two beds to the house and wanted to bring over the washer and dryer, but the connections aren't set up and the painters need to clean paint off the laundry room floor.  I am beginning to think they are ready to get rid of us.  If you have a bed and a washer and a dryer I suppose you can survive.  Or at least be rested and clean.  Today I had a funeral to attend so I spent the rest of the day working at the house some.  I need my house to be organized and at this point it is far from it! Hopefully I can get the last things moved this week and we can start staying there this weekend.

Mom and Dad will be here again this weekend for....

opening day of deer season. 

This day is a holiday in my household.  Matt's primary goal this week is to get finished cutting beans and move the furniture in so he can deer hunt this weekend.  It is a major obsession.  I'm talking MAJOR.  Stay tuned for pictures of Matt's "man cave" to get the full effect.  I've begged and begged to go deer hunting, but every season the excuse always is "not until I get my first big buck" and then he gets it and never wants to take me because he just can't fathom the thought of having to "babysit" me while deer hunting.  I told him I don't want babysitting.  Just take me to a freaking deer stand and let me concentrate on killing my big buck! I think he's scared I'll interfere with his man time.  Or maybe he's scared I'll kill a larger deer than him!  Ok, that's a lie.  I'm not a very good shot apparently. And I guess I see his point.  It's like him wanting to always go shopping with me.  Although every now and then would be nice :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009



I live in Carlisle.  I teach in Hazen.  Tomorrow night's football game = Carlisle vs. Hazen.  The farmer went to Carlisle and wore black and gold.  I now wear purple and white weekly to school...farmer freaks.  I bought the "smackdown" shirt so I don't have to choose.  I can wear both black and gold and purple and white.  I may wear one purple sock and one gold sock.  I've been warned that there may be purple signs in the yard of our new house tomorrow morning.  I should probably go by on my way to school and pull them up or my new house will be demolished!  I told my students I may wear black and gold.  I thought they were going to jump me right then and there in my classroom. The farmer said I should wear his football jersey from high school.  Mother-in-law said no way, jose.  Don't want that jersey ruined!

Oh, by the way, I. AM. SO. EXCITED. First, hellllllo people, it's my biiiiirthday on Saturday...whoop whoop.  I told my students that I was going to be 96, that they aged me 70 years in a month's time!  They didn't believe me.  Ok, so I'm not really excited about my birthday.  I'm just 26.  No milestones this year.  But, I AM EXCITED about moving stuff into the new house this weekend!  Thanks to momma for coming up tomorrow to help me move and unpack.  So NOT excited about the actual moving boxes part, but it will be worth it. The farmer is still harvesting beans so it may be tough to pull him away to move our furniture.  Praying for rain :)

We had our new granite bar installed this morning.  The original bar was a result of miscommunication and was not wide enough to use so we came to a compromise and were able to get a new one.  The granite installers were convinced we were making the most awful decision by tearing out the original one.  They were not convinced that the new slab I picked out matched the slab we had in the rest of the kitchen.  I got a call today from the installer's wife.  She said that her husband had done granite for 22 years and he was absolutely amazed at how well the new bar looked and that tearing out the original bar and replacing it was the best decision any homeowner he's worked for has ever made, and yes, it looks AMAZING.  Pictures do it no justice!  They also asked if they could use our kitchen for advertising and on their new business cards.  I of course agreed! This picture was taken with my phone so you can't get the full effect....better pictures to come.  And the board will be removed tomorrow once the iron corbels are attached to brace the bar.

Been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for this desk to get done in the kitchen.  We stained all the kitchen cabinets, but decided to paint and glaze the desk to make it look like an antiqued piece of furniture.  Painters did opposite of what I asked the first time around, but when I had them fix it this morning, it turned out sooo pretty!

I do believe my blog is in desperate need of some good house photography, but these days I go by after school and all I have is my iphone.  I'll fulfill it's needs this weekend.

I'm pretty sure my blog is in desperate need of consistent updates too.  It causes a sense of disconnect.  And it's sad. 

Hopefully moving in our new house will cause life to slow down a little bit?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

beautiful day

It's such a beautiful day today in Arkansas!  The sun is finally shining and the farmer is finally back in the field cutting rice.  That's one thing we haven't seen in a while.  So pretty outside and I'm inside working on lesson plans and graduate school homework blogging. And the Cowboys are on.  Thankfully, they are winning.  As did my Aggies yesterday.  A freakin' miracle, winning two weeks in a row. 

Yesterday Mom and Dad came up to bring us our new refrigerator and it is so wild!  Yes, I'm using wild to describe a refrigerator.  I am used to having tiny plain jane refrigerators and this one has so many neat features.  It has a clear ice maker so you can watch the cubed ice get crushed.. Matt thinks it's so awesome.  He said when I'm gone he's going to stand at the refrigerator with a beer in hand watching the ice crush.

Our blinds came in on Friday so Dad got all those installed.  It's starting to feel like a finished house.  Hopefully everything will get wrapped up this week and we can move in next weekend!  Here's some pictures I took last weekend.

Master Bathtub

Master Shower

My Vanity :)

Stone Fireplace

Kitchen!  The white desk will be painted cream with a chocolate brown glaze this week.

Breakfast room chandelier


New Dishwasher!

Cedar columns done!  Front is still a work in progress.  Columns, trim, and shutters will be stained this week and then shutters will be hung.

Our new neighbors across the street!  We are so excited :)

In other news, I experienced my first field trip on Friday!  The second grade teachers took 65 second graders to Stuttgart to the movie theatre to see Where the Wild Things Are. Not a big fan of the movie.  If I hadn't had to stay awake to make sure my students behaved, I probably would have fallen asleep.  It was pretty boring to me, but the kids liked the big animals in the movie. My students were surprisingly good during the movie, although I did have to take up straws because they were putting popcorn on them and blowing it at each other.  Boys! After the movie, we had planned on going to the park, but since the weather was so nasty we went to the Hazen Community Center, ate lunch, and played relay games until time to go back to school.  It made for a fun, but tiring afternoon!

Sooooo thankful for daylight savings!  I was exhausted last night and it felt so good to sleep another hour.  That hour seemed like five hours and it was amaaaaaazing :)

Guess I need to move on and be productive today.  I have two weeks worth of lesson plans to write for Literacy and Math due tomorrow and homework for grad school due tomorrow.  Lovely. 


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