Sunday, May 24, 2009


We finished painting today. Everything looks great. I got a drop of paint in my eye! It was like the movie 28 Days Later when the guy is looking up at the bird and a drop of blood falls in his eye....I may turn into a zombie in a month or so. I'll have pictures of the paint jobs (before and after) as soon as all the dust settles.
We've been moving and unpacking as many boxes as we can each time we go, but the fridge isn't going to be delivered until Thursday, so we can't start staying there until then. We met some of the neighbors today, they seem nice.
So, off to bed to start again tomorrow! I'll be catching up on blog reading when all the dust settles, too. I haven't forgotten you.

Friday, May 22, 2009


We're off to close on our new to us house!! Then I'm off to check out at school and then back to the house to paint. A especially doesn't want a pink room. He chose a fade of black to blue, I'm doing the guest/craft room a light Mocha color and the living room will be Linen. We also get to get a new refrigerator and dishwasher.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Woeful Wednesday

I've been packing. And packing. I am reminded why it is so lovely to have the Navy move you. They would have this time except we are "breaking our lease," even though they told us we could move out whenever. Who knows. (I'm sure all you other military wives are just shaking your heads...I know.)
I am also packing up my classroom. It is always a sad thing, but again, we're usually moving because of the Navy, and this time it's by choice. A choice that is logical and best, but difficult nonetheless. I haven't told many of my co-workers or kids, but the word is getting around. I've been at this school in this classroom for three years, so it's been a lot of weeding out what's mine and what belongs to the school. Each book, folder, or game brings back memories of when I read it or played it....
Hubby's been out of town, his grandmother passed away. He'll be back tonight, and then crunch time begins. We close on our new house Friday!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Special Olympics, Part Deux

Well, we survived! Three days of keeping track of 14 Special Olympians, miles of walking, and a sunburned face and neck later, we're home.
We had a fabulous time!! We arrived on Wednesday and some of our kiddos did their events and then we were off to Mexico Joe's for dinner. That evening, we attended the Opening Ceremonies.
Our group was seated pretty high up in the arena, and one of our little guys was scared, so we got to move to the floor. How about this guy's ride, huh?
True to Oklahoma weather, we had to move to the lobby (we were up too high) due to severe weather. They told us we could go back in, but it was more trouble than it was worth.

Thursday morning it rained on us a bit, but then cleared up for the races. Everyone completed their events and got their medals and ribbons. Very exciting. Then we were off to Hideaway Pizza for dinner! Yum...

Couldn't forget the ice cream at Marble Slab. We watched Wall-E, which the kids all loved.

Friday we got up, packed, cleaned, and headed to Eskimo Joe's. All our friends back home got to see us on the web cam. I think everyone was happy to get home. We had a great time, and the OSU campus was beautiful!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Special Olympics

Hi all! I'm off to Special Olympics in Stillwater tomorrow through Friday. Should be a great time, I think we're going to have to change the events to slip and slide and mud wrestling if the rain doesn't stop.

I get quotes in my email everyday and here's the one I got today. Kind of thought provoking.
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it
fears. ~James Allen

Have a great rest of the week, hopefully I'll have some pictures with no people to show you!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." - Tenneva Jordan

I have a lot of special women in my life. Some I see infrequently, some rarely. None enough. Some are gone to receive the jewels in their crowns. Here are a few:

Grandmargaret~my maternal grandmother, she's home. I always thought she was pretty, even with that gap between her front teeth. I cannot think of a time I saw her angry. She was patient, she gave me my first sewing lessons. I remember making mud pies and huge Thanksgiving meals with all the family. The best thing was "Goody Bags" on Christmas. She would buy random things like band-aids, olives, and calenders all year long and the shopping bag full of stuff was your Christmas gift. It was awesome. I think I'll do it for my grand kids. Hopefully that won't be for a long time.

Nano~my paternal grandmother, she's home, too. She kept us every summer for what seemed like months. She would take us places and make us things. She always had cheese toast, chocolate cake, and coconut pie. She taught me how to crochet and embroider. She got me hooked on wrestling when it was the Von Erichs.

Momma~She lives in San Antonio. She suffered through my pink hair, choir concerts, and called me every Monday night my Freshman year of college. She sent me packages for everything, and last year sent me 40 different birthday present wrapped in 40 different wrapping papers for my 40th birthday. She has been known to say "I'm not the one that has to wear it." She has a great laugh and sense of humor, she's always happy. She took us to plays and ballets and the zoo. She taught me how to cook, she's great at it! Momma...Milky Way cake and Lasagna, please?

Grandma Jill~grandma to my kids, friend to me, she's a Yankee now, originally from England (she taught my children to say bahhth for bath). She took me in as her own. She helped me raise my children when I was working two jobs. She was always supportive no matter what my latest craziest idea was. She helped me realize I could be strong on my own. She gave me my last sewing lessons, and would not accept anything less than perfect. I could use your help right now with this pair of pants and a dress, and several other unfinished projects lurking around!

Marlene~My step-mom. She lives in North Carolina. She rocks! She doesn't put up with any poop, she always listens and wants to know what's going on in your life. She put up with me during those sulky teenage years when I was thinking I don't like you just because I'm not supposed to like you. Even though she treated us like her own. She has great advice on raising children, and excellent style! I know, I've driven all over town with her looking for the exact right coffee table.

I love these women and so many more. Thank you.
Happy Mothers day to everyone, mom, friend, teacher, sister, whomever you may be today!

"Mothers are all slightly insane." - J.D. Salinger

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday

The question isn't who is going to let me;
it's who is going to stop me.
~Ayn Rand

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Mexican Fencing Day!

A few years ago when my sister and brother-in-law lived up north, their friend needed his fence rebuilt. He told all his friends that Cinco de Mayo was Mexican Fencing Day and that everyone was to go the person's house that needed a fence or who's fence needed repair. They had a big party with food and drink and he got his fence fixed. I don't know if he ever told them the truth.