Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Week in Pictures

 We planted a garden....yay! The kids somewhat helped, with Goober being the biggest help by digging and now helping dad water daily. We planted watermelon, cantaloupe, basil, cilantro, squash, cucumbers and lettuce.
 How do you like this bowling outfit? Check him out when cosmic bowling started :)
 Love my not so little brother!!
 Thank you for coming to visit us Uncle everytime Ribbit sees a plane she says " uncle chris gonna come back and see me?"

Monday, May 28, 2012

Artsy Fartsy

Here are some end of the year projects from my students...I am one proud art teacher!!! I think its very evident that I love my job that as I was putting away supplies and portfolios on the last day that it got me excited about some project ideas for next year :).
So to get some of that creative energy out the kids and I started some artwork today, we shall see what they turn into :)

I love printmaking, not to many others do but once my students get past the whole "working backwards" and " we have to carve that with that?" notion then they generally like it and end up with great prints!
The assignment was based off of Warhol's use of repetition and also required them to use 4 colors...a huge first time printmaking assignment!

These next few were done on scratchboard which is white kaolin clay with india ink on top. The students scratch through to create a black and white drawing and then use ink to fill in some of the white spots. The assignment was to create a negative space side and a positive space side, to carve out at least 50% white, and then to ink at least 50% of that in with one to two colors. Love love love this first one!

Next was a  jewelry project, inspired by tribal jewelry, the symbols, colors and look of it all, using air dry clay, wire and beads. Most beads you see here were handmade by the students as well out of the clay.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Inservice is over, my grades are posted and my room is somewhat clean, (art rooms are never super clean) and we are ready for summer. We already have a play date lined up for tomorrow with some friends from sunday school and I am looking forward to it. We are also going to be starting morning devotions with the kids this summer, introducing different scripture that talks about different character traits in a christian's life and working on one trait a week.
We are also going to be some some bed moving, nursery making, house cleaning, and most of all road tripping!

Funny things:

Goober puts one of those long weeds in his mouth (after seeing Adam do it ) and I watch him take it back out, look at it, try to put it back in, miss and stick it up his nose and then put it right back in his mouth. After I vomited several times (just kidding) he looked up at me and said " mom, a man has to do what a man has to do"....bwa h ah ah a

Lately Goober has been super dooper polite and thanking Adam and I for everything we do or buy for him. I think he is really maturing and I think the fact that now he has to do chores and gets paid dimes for them has made him appreciate money better.

Ribbit is such a child of routine. Last night when I tucked her in she screamed out " mommy, you didn't tell me close eyes and go night night" of course I had to instruct her to close her eyes and then she did. I also told her to pick up her shoes the other day and she said " you not say please".....geesh, I guess parents have to be polite too :).

Adam and I had been searching for a small but significant part of my swimsuit for a couple of days now. He found it in the printer in the guest bedroom. When Ribbit saw that I had it she said " NO THATS LOLLY, you not tell her please can I have it". So apparently she hid it in there for you Lolly :).

Baby boy is 3 months old today and he is just a joy. He loves to coo at us and laugh. He loves to have his feet kissed and blown on. He wakes up and falls asleep smiling. He is frightened very easily and when sister screams he throws his hands up, makes the most scared little face and just starts crying. He is losing hair in some spots and so it looks like he is wearing a toupee :). We are going to try cereal tomorrow...we will see how that goes.

Could he be any sweeter? Its almost impossible for me to see this face and not cry when I think about the fact that he could be taken from us.
 Uncle Chris time....he gets his workouts in without every going to a gym.
 Big Man listening to the outdoor concert.
 One of my favorite pictures ever, they are two peas in a pod.
 We love waking Uncle Chris up and demanding horsey rides :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Goober's Baptism

I couldn't wait to share this sweet sweet video with you. Goober accepted Christ as his Savior on Jan. 9th of this year. Our lives were turned upside down shortly after and therefore his baptism kept getting pushed back. He made a public confession of his need for Christ this Sunday, May 20th in front of several friends and family. Please pray that he would continue to desire God and not the things of this world, that he would see and acknowledge the redeeming power of Christ and that he would look to him as the Only True Way. Pray that Adam and I would be strong men and women and show him with our words and actions how to be a Godly adult.

Luke 3:10-22
10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely —be content with your pay.”
15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[b] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
19 But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 

Our sweet neighbors who came to see Goob's baptism....we love them!
 Goob's teacher came to watch as well..sweet lady, she cried the whole time :)..what a blessed little boy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Goober was baptized

Goober was baptized this morning at our church. His teacher, teacher's aid and our neighbors all came to support him. Uncle Chris was also there which was by far his favorite part. Adam went with him and he said that they whole time Goober was asking how long it was going to last...I think he was really scared about being held under the probably had something to do with Uncle Chris telling him that they would hold him under until no more bubbles came up :). It was a great day for us and the best part was that when our pastor asked Goob who his savior was he said " JESUS CHRIST" in a very loud voice and almost like a little soldier. We are so blessed to know that God is working in his life and pursuing him. I videoed the whole thing and will get it up later after I edit. Here are some pictures from our "month" with grandparents and uncles!

We celebrated Goob's birthday at school early since its in the summer.
 Here is a graduation gift I made for a girl soccer player graduating from West Point..if you want personalized nesting dolls, let me know :)
 All the way down to the camo uniform.
 The backs

See Papaw at the end of the table? He took cupcakes to Goobers class to celebrate his "birthday".

  I love this picture but the feel the need to explain. Some of my dad's luggage got left in Alabama and then he ruined some other clothes putting up the kids playset with Adam. So therefore he went to the 99 cent store and bought this beauty.....thats right, then he wore that to my son's private christian school.....the receptionist had a good laugh about it and then called me to verify that Goob could leave with this man wearing a t-shirt depicting a skeleton riding a motorcycle with the flag in the background. My dad attempted to make it less risque by putting his nametag over the skull....haha.

A set that my Mixed Media class made for the Logic School Dr. Seuss play.

  Returning from his "birthday" day out with Papaw...see all the loot he came home with and is wearing?...I don't want to even know the ungodly amount of sugar that child ate that day....oh grandparents.
 Posing with two of his three "latino bambinos" :)
  CC loving on baby boy...he could sit on that porch all day and watch cars go by.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"black like butter"

I wanted to share my facebook status from today....
During our dinner out with Uncle Chris tonight B managed to tell everyone that a)she had to go poop in the big one and b)that she was black like butter ...I have no idea where she heard or thought of the latter. Baby boy had the worst blowout I have ever seen....went up the back and all the way to his head before I ever looked tye dye to me and I had to throw away almost everything it touched. I gagged several times and used every wipe we had...leaving his clothes in the garbage can and taking my naked baby back out into the restaurant. We are used to people staring at us but tonight we totally asked for it!.....oh, and the waiter pulled Adam aside as we were leaving and said I was a good mom, that I had a lot of patience with our kids :).
 Needless to say it was a looonngg night, and I think we have exhausted Uncle Chris. 
In other news...Goober got a 100 on his spelling test.....YAY...way to end out 1st grade!!!

2 finals to proctor, 1.5 days of inservice and I'M CELEBRATING SUMMER!!!! I'm going to soak up all the time with my kiddos..especially little man. Things aren't looking to good on our end to be able to keep him. We are living and planning as if he was going to get to stay with us for forever but we are preparing our hearts for the worst...raising him until he is 14 months old and then giving him back. I could deal with giving him back to a family that was God fearing and wanted to provide the best they could for him but thats just not the case.....and as far as I am concerned he is my son and has been since day one. Thats also going to be fun to explain to our other two. God, grant us wisdom and a desire for your will above our own.

Friday, May 18, 2012


I wanted to document some routines that I cherish.

1-Praying with Goober on the way to school...he always prays that people won't be grumpy :)
2-Letting Ribbit give us kisses (lots of them on the lip) and shut the door as we leave for school in the morning. Most of the time she says " let me give you more kisses" and then screams "byyyeee mommyy" through the door several hundred times :).
3-Grocery Stores- Baby in the front, Ribbit either helping me push or in the "big part" and Goober grabbing everything he sees and asking "mom, do you have a coupon for this"? When we get to the front Ribbit begs me to let her "pay for it" and insist that I let her hand over our money or credit card :)
4-In the morning, Ribbit joins me for putting on make-up (well she is really at my side all the time) and asks if she can have some of everything...mascara, blush, deodorant, perfume, I do mock things on her..mostly applying lotion.
5-Wake up goes like this. Baby boy gets up around 5;30 and demands a bottle, we get him back to sleep at 6 and then Ribbit runs in our room and crawls in bed with us. She then puts her hands all over us, kicks us, tells us that she needs to " go potty in the big one" and that she is a princess and wants a ssssnack. We give in at 6:15ish, and as we make noise to get breakfast going Goober always tries to sneak out and scare us....sometimes he crawls behind the couch, sometimes he darts to and from room. He is always excited when I act scared and disappointed when I spot him :). 

Look what Daddy and PaPaw built for us :)

 We play on this every day!!!!  We "swing up in the sky"
Eating smores!!
   "mommy, smoke and bugs are on me" " i dont yike them"
    Eating her "chocolate sandwich"
  Fire was so tempting to this little guy :)
CC and Baby Boy watching everything with those big ole eyes :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Mothers Day

Adam gave me the best present ever and helped me gets all of us dressed in yellows and then took pictures of me with my kiddos!!!!...he also let me go shopping for 3 hours by myself :).  Good Man, Good Man!!

Check out little man's shoes...they only stayed on until sunday school...and even then he kicked them off several times :)
 Goober is soo good at taking pictures!!!
 Our new background playset...thank you Daddy and Papaw!!!
 Little man is the only one looking at the camera :)

 Me and my boys :)
 I had to crop Goober in this one because he was just stinkin cute!!!!!
 Well Ribbit, was much more interested in her "toenails" and "toy"...her fingernail polish and file
 After church, we went out to eat and came home to get one more snapshot with Daddy!!! Goober carries that purse with her everywhere she goes...isn't it a a little young for that?