My New Obsession….

SUPER OLD, VINTAGE CLOTH CHILDREN'S BOOKS!!!!

SUPER OLD, VINTAGE CLOTH CHILDREN'S BOOKS!!!!

I would love help finding some of these gems!!!  If anyone has any that you no longer want or knows of a place that I could find some, please let me know!!!!
Until today, when my friend showed me her mother’s from when she was a child, I had NO CLUE they even made cloth books!!   I don’t know if it was the creases and cracks in the pictures, the frayed edges or the stitched spine but I IMMEDIATELY fell in love!!! What a treasure, especially when headed down from your family!!!

Happy 14th Birthday, Ashlyn!!

Wow!! Where in the world did the past 14 years go?!?!

I blinked and she went from…

this..... (3 weeks old!)

this..... (3 weeks old and teeny tiny!)

to…

THISS!!!! 14 years old and 7 feet tall!!

THIS!!!! 14 years old and 7 feet tall!!

I’m kinda having a hard time with this!!!

She is my “original” neice! haha….my first ever!!

I was NINE years old when she was born!!!

I wasn’t allowed to hold her standing up!!

In fact, some of these pics are so old, I had to scan them into the computer bc digital was non-existent when she was born!!!

Sooooo apparently when I blinked, all of this happened….

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Me and Ashlyn

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I’m never blinking again!!!!

Happy Birthday Ashlyn!!! I love you so, so much and am so very proud of you!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better “sister”!!!  Please don’t ever, ever forget that once upon a time you thought I was so cool you called me your sister!!!

Pickin up where we left off….

Ok so, you saw Justin’s bday gift from myself and lil girl!

Now, I need to show you a few of the kiddos from one of the classes I’m helping with…

Some of the boys!

Some of the boys!

Franklin Kiddos! ....not quite the same ring as Kemp Kiddos...but they're precious anyway!!

Franklin Kiddos! ....not quite the same ring as Kemp Kiddos...but they're precious anyway!!

Some more lil precious ones!

Some more lil precious ones!

Adorable!

Adorable!

Last but not least, two more lil guys!

Last but not least, two more lil guys!

Those are just some of the kiddos I work with M-F.   Adorable. Smart. Funny. Sweet.  LOVE ‘EM!!!

Moving on….

Last weekend, Justin and I went on a canoeing trip that another couple in his flight had set up for who ever wanted to join.  We set off for ALABAMA (yes, we drove 2 hours to canoe a river when we have several right here in Columbus, but whatev!) thinking it would be about a 3 hour trip down the river- BOY WERE WE WRONG!!!

still thinking we only have 3 hours ahead of us!

still thinking we only have 3 hours ahead of us!

The Whole Crew!

The Whole Crew!

Climbed this big ole rock for a pic! =)

Climbed this big ole rock for a pic! =)

SIX HOURS LATER- we finally reached our stop….I’ve never been so relieved in my entire life!!! Fun lil trip but VERY, VERY long!!!

Next up, baby girls cutest new outfit…

"Killer"- Dollar Bin @ Target!! haha! Our new neighbor calls her Killer, so it seemed pretty perfect!

"Killer"- Dollar Bin @ Target!! haha! Our new neighbor calls her Killer, so it seemed pretty perfect!

This past Friday was Justin’s flight’s solo party!  This is where they get their “call signs” and basically just celebrate the fact that they’ve all soloed.  Think: food, beer, roasting each other for stupid things and more beer- That was my Friday night! haha.

It really was a good time.  We had a lot of fun hearing all of the stories of mistakes the guys have made or dumb things they’ve said.  Justin’s call sign got “tabled” bc they couldn’t come up with one they all agreed on.  Who knows when they’ll figure it out?!?!

Love <3

Love❤

Some of the guys!!

Some of the guys!!

Just hanging out

Just hanging out

Lil midnight snack- straight out of the pan!! Oh how I love you husband!

Lil midnight snack- straight out of the pan!! Oh how I love you husband!

You are now OFFICIAL caught up!! YAY! =)

I’ll leave you guys with a few things on my wish list for my imaginary classroom!

Love it!!

Fabulous rug-Love it!!

Dry Erase Lap Boards

Dry Erase Lap Boards

Amber's teacher sign! Soooo stinkin' cute!

Amber's teacher sign! Soooo stinkin' cute!

And some giant rubber/foam dice, that I can’t seem to find again….do you still have that website Mom??

Such a beautiful day!!!

Today was an unseasonably cool mid-80s so we took full advantage of it!!

Loaded up the pooch, grabbed a couple sno-cones, and headed out to the baseball fields to let Paisley run wild- and that’s exactly what she did- for about 5 minutes and then it turned into a quick walk.

On our way to the park!!

On our way to the park!!

So ready to run!!!

So ready to run!!!

She's one quick lil girl!!!

She's one quick lil girl!!!

Justin made her sit and stay on the pitcher's mound while he walked away!

Justin made her sit and stay on the pitcher's mound while he walked away!

But then she'd had enough of that!

But then she'd had enough of that!

Daddy caved and gave her a belly rub anyway!

Daddy caved and gave her a belly rub anyway!

A (blurry) action shot! =)

A (blurry) action shot! =)

Taking a rest break on top of the dirt mound!

Taking a rest break on top of the dirt mound!

Ok, so enough of our trip to the fields…I need to catch you up on the past couple of weeks via pictures!

Justin's b-day present from his two fav girls!

Justin's b-day present from his two fav girls!

Actually, it was just a place holder.  I bought a cheapy $1 water gun from Wal-Mart, spray painted it black and put a fake price tag on it- which you don’t see in the picture because he decided to turn on me one evening and come after me with a fully loaded water gun.  Tag got wet so I ripped it off.

His new toy! Smith&Wesson M&P 40

His new toy! Smith&Wesson M&P 40

Trying desperately to be right-eye dominate....didn't work out!

Trying desperately to be right-eye dominate....didn't work out!

**OK….as well as I was doing getting you guys caught up- The Hubs is pleading with me to not upload any more pics…for some reason, it delays our internet and therefore interrupts his Halo connection- HEAVEN FORBID!!! Oh, well I’ve got laundry to do and he’ll be studying tomorrow…I’ll finish catching you up then! Night all!

Another lazy post…

I actually have several pics to update with, but that would require walking downstairs and to my car- in the rain!

So sorry faithful readers, you’ll just have to wait! =)

But for now, I have a video on YouTube for you to watch that I should have shared with you guys a while ago.  My principal played this video at our Teacher In-Service.  Not only was it incredibly inspiring, it also made me so proud to be a Texan!! Way to go Dallas ISD for producing such an articulate and powerful lil speaker.  At 10 years old, this child is challenging the philosophies and goals of countless educators around the nation!!

Enjoy…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwjZe8u0-E

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…

I’ll get around to updating pics in the next couple days….

for now, check out this video i found on a friend’s facebook page (Thanks Desiree!).  The guy’s name is Taylor Mali, he’s a slam poet and this is his answer to “What do teachers make?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU <~~click there and enjoy!

Happy 25th Birthday to THE MOST AMAZING MAN EVER!!!

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, the love of my life was born!!! Whew!! Gettin’ on up there Justin😉

Of course, I didn’t know him back then nor was I even alive.  But God had a plan.

Now, I know you are dying to see tons of precious baby pics and I wish I could share, but unfortunately, I don’t have any (Nancy, we need to get together and fix this!).  I do have one back-in-the-day pic of him and precious is exactly what it is!!

man of my dreamsAwwww!! It makes me all cheesy smiley when I see that pic!!! So angelic, isn’t it?

That’s not the hunk I meet though, this is….

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Since I don’t have baby pics, I’ll share pics from his last 4 birthdays and return soon with pics from this birthday!!

We celebrated his 20th at home with his family! :)

We celebrated his 20th at home with his family!🙂

For his 21st, he rode the saddle at Texas Roadhouse in College Station

For his 21st, he rode the saddle at Texas Roadhouse in College Station

His 22nd birthday was a suprise at the Cavendar's Ranch with friends, fun and cake!

His 22nd birthday was a suprise at the Cavendar's Ranch with friends, fun and cake!

In Ohio we celebrated #23 with some of his fellow workers

In Ohio we celebrated #23 with some of his fellow workers

Unfortunately, this is what his 24th looked like!

And unfortunately, this is what his 24th looked like!

So of course, we did a lil of this before he left!

So of course, we did a lil of this before he left!

Somewhere between the first pic and the second, he grew into a man that I would one day meet and fall deeply in love with.  Aside from his obvious great looks, he is many wonderful things.

Strong. Compassionate. Caring. Romantic. Thoughtful. Determined. Motivated. Giving. Supporting. Loving. Funny. Reserved. Respectful. Forgiving. Patient. Smart. Protective. Accomplished. Christian.

I could say so many mushy things about how wonderful of a man, husband, son and brother he is but I think all of you know those things for your self!!

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Justin-

Happy Birthday baby!!! You are the most wonderful man I have ever met.  You have surpassed all of my expectations of a “great husband” and you continually amaze me with your drive and determination.  I could not possibly be more proud to be your wife.  Thank you for everything you have taught me about true love and friendship!

I hope you have a wonderful birthday and enjoy your present🙂

****Also, Happy Birthday to Aunt Vicki and Pa! ****

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