Sunday, August 31, 2008


All these pictures are within walking distances from our house. In most of the pictures you can see our house. We definitly got some rain!! Luckily, we will miss Gustav. Most of this water overflow came from the pond to the north of our property. We took these pictures in case we had severe damage from the lack of drainage from this pond. There was just no place for all the water to go except our front yard....


After a long drawn out process, we have finally agreed on these dishes:

I know, you are thinking---they are a slab of some random material that you eat off of. Yes, I do know this. Dave will say that he did not care one way or the other...that it was ME that was making this big deal out of nothing. But YES, you do eat off of them and everyone that comes over eats off of them and sometimes you serve off of them and sometimes you put random candles on them if you can't find anything else to put them on. I do believe it is some what of a statement of your character. No, I think we can go further and say that it may define you in a way. So YES, it took a long time for me to decide on this set. DON'T MAKE FUN!!!

QUESTION.....How do you determine how many place settings to buy?? We did debate on this too for a few days. We finally agreed on 12 of each but who really has the need for 12 of each dish. Ok, if we lived close to family 12 would be justified, but here in GA 2 would be plenty!!! Ok, maybe 4, but really do we NEED 12 place settings?!

Although Mom A does not break her dishes, even for entertainment, she still buys 12. So we came to the conclusion that since we will be moving (and we all know how responsible military movers are) there will probably be broken dishes when we unpack. We also plan to move closer to family. (What am I talking about just about any other state is closer to some family.) Anyways, so when we move we plan to entertain more and we hope to keep these dishes for a little bit.

Random picture....this was from when I went to Gatlinburg, TN.....from left to right: Ms. Bradley (band director), ME, Dr. Hundley (she is my team leader), random guy?, Mr. Cureton (S.S. teacher on my team, Ms. Peace (8th grade math teacher), and Dr. Norris!!!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Too much rain...

We are still experiencing Hurricane (tropical storm) Fay here. It has not stopped raining (hard rain) for 3 days now. School was actually cancelled on Friday due to the terrible weather/flooding/tornadoes. It has been crazy! Every where we go, we get soaked--it is just understood. I showered today and didn't even take the time to dry my hair because I knew I was going to get very wet.

This picture is from Brunswick, GA but this is what we are dealing with all around us. A neighbor had a huge tree fall over their drive way and before they could get in or out they had to cut it into pieces. We are scared because we have sooo many tall pine trees surrounding our house. We hope to make it through the storm with no damage so we can have someone cut down about 10 trees right around the house.

We keep hearing loud noises on the roof and outside and just keep hoping that the limbs don't come through the ceiling. It is giving the dogs a workout because every noise they hear they get up and bark. The humans are getting annoyed!

I will take some pictures in a bit to give you an idea of what our yard looks like. I can't make it outside right now, but when it dies down you will not recognize the property! We have lots of clean up work ahead of us. Our burn pile is going to be HUGE!!!

FYI: We got trash service!!! This is a joyful thing because now we won't have to take our trash to the dump any more. They will come once a week and they will bring us a huge trash can so we can toss our junky ones away!! City folks, I know this sounds silly, but us country folks do not get to experience the simple pleasures. We do have to pay $60 a quarter for this service--it is not paid for by our taxes here. Power to the trash men and women, even though they make more than I do a year.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I got tagged!!!

I got tagged by the beautiful Kate Gavos, so I will of course oblige! WHOOOOOOP for being a "real" teacher now!!! It will change your life daily :-) In mostly good ways---I learn new things every day. I am proud you have found your calling. I wasn't sure that PT was it, but everything happens for a reason. Miss you!!

The rules:
1. List your top ten favorite films (and they are definitely in no particular order).
2. If you're tagged, you've got to post & tag 3-5 other people.
3. Give a tag back (some link love) to the one who tagged you in your post
4. Give a hat tip (HT) to Dan. (whoever that is :)Top Ten + a great quote from the movie if I know one :)

1. My Best Friends Wedding
2. Bruce Almighty
3. Good Luck Chuck
4. The Little Mermaid
6. Hitch
7. Anchorman (hjsierjhsklefnasldfjalskcdnasdlkf...pee pee!!!)
8. Dumb and Dumber (Bug Gulps, huh)
9. Pursuit of Happiness
10. Mary Poppins (just a spoonful of sugar....I still believe in that)

Ok---hat tip to Dan---I think people look ridiculous when they try to be a gangsta' by turning their hat sideways!! Either wear your hat forwards or backwards...

TAG--Jules, Jenny (& your FIRST baby bud!!), Suzanne (& your second baby bud!)


If you have a mountain of plastic bags (any type/all colors) taking up space, please mail them to me so I can help my friend expand her business!! Look how cool these bags are!!!! Some background: She is a stay at home mom and tries to do what she can to help recycle and turn things into useful products in the best way she can, HANDMADE. This is how they supplement their income, they have three kids and only one income...she does all of this FROM HOME!!!!!! Cool!!

It takes about 70 bags to make one average sized purse, 30 for a wallet/clutch and about 150+ for a back pack. WOW!!!!


Ok, so we have been religiously watching the Olympics and it has been entertaining. We were just watching the trampoline....yes, I did say the trampoline. Dave has decided that he idolizes Dong Dong from China and his techniques. You may hear soon that Dave no longer is in the Air Force but a professional trampolinist!! He was impressed.

We have been working on the house lately. We have cleaned up outside (last weekend) and today we are going to work on the garage. We will have to get the carpet done soon since Sarah's dog (Tipsy) ate a good chunk out of the carpet in the spare bedroom, not cool. Carpet is EXPENSIVE in case anyone did not know. Ay yi yi!!!!

Hopefully by next month we will finally have a fence!!!!!!!!!! The dogs will be SOOOO happy as well as the humans in the house. It will be so nice to not have to worry about any exciting dog escapades. Yes, Sully did BREAK through his metal chain to go play with a walking dog. Good dog fun but not so much for us. Now this picture is not him, but this is how Sully looks when he is running. Slightly scary to people who do not know him...

I have started school, we are now entering our 3rd week!!! Crazy for those of you who have not even started yet, I know. We have started molding our kids. It is always so hard at the beginning of the year. And it is the MOST important part of our teaching, making sure we are consistent and sincere.

This past week I introduced a new student to the classes. He doesn't have a name yet and he is only 3 weeks old. The kids have fallen in love already. This is just another way to teach them life skills and responsibility. Here he is....I will let you know when the kids vote/decide on him name.

In case you are wondering we are working on Data Analysis at school, this is Unit 1. If any of you find some good graphs/charts/etc. in the newspaper or in an advertisement I would love for you to send them to me. I have been able to get the ones out of the Valdosta Times, but those of you who live in the big cities may have some better options. Please send to: 2379 Copeland Road, Valdosta, GA 31601 as soon as you can!!! THANKS :-)