Sunday, January 31, 2010

End of Doodling pt. 3 1-31-10

We're almost done with the doodling walls! After a coat of Kilz Premium Primer which didn't touch the markers on the walls Meg picked a dark color to paint her bedroom. It looks kind of blue in the pictures, but it is actually "Barney Purple". It took us two days, but we got it covered. Her room is pretty much done, except Taylor is going to paint Megan's name artistically on the wall for her and new curtains and this room will be in the complete file...for now!

Sledding at 44 yrs.??? 1-30-10

So, this is what happens when you decide to go sledding with your kids...I took pictures for about 1/2 hr. and then the kids convinced me to go down too. I grabbed one of the roasting pans (yes, we don't have sleds...use what ever is available) and headed down. It took 3 secs. before I was heading down backwards. The driveway was complete ice and so was the parking lot at the end of the driveway. I spun around a few times and screaming at the top of my lungs. Then it happened...I hit the ditch and flipped backwards INTO the ditch. It was so funny that I think we all almost peed ourselves! To be honest, it was a blast and I went down again. This time I was facing forward when I got to the ditch and was able to get my boots dug into the ground...but still flipped forward into the ditch again. That was it for my sledding adventures, I will stick to be photographer! But we have some funny memories from that day.

Friday, January 29, 2010

It's Snowing?? 1-29-10

This is what is closing down everything in Upstate SC!! LOL I guess growing up in Ohio makes this all the more laughable to me. Even after living in SC for 21 years it still gets me how frantic everyone gets. Yes, I know we don't have all the equipment they have up North, but still.....  And why does the day it's suppose to snow/sleet happen on the day I have to go grocery shopping anyway?? Then I'm at the grocery store with all these other fanatics who are rushing in to get their gallon of milk and loaf bread.  Another's suppose to storm why does everyone stock up on bread and milk?? If I'm going to be stranded in the house for a few days I'm not gonna want milk and bread to eat...stock up on the chocolate and cookies!! The picture is of Megan and Taylor with their besties...Becca and Taylor ("LT" little Taylor) showing how much snow we got in about 15 mins. and now it has stopped...who knows what will be on the ground in the morning.  **Note the flip flops on Taylor's feet....she wears them ALL year long!!**

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday's pie 1-27-10

It's the simple things in life that you do for your family that makes them happy! Homemade apple pie for all.
Happy Birthday to my Daddy!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

One more week of wrestling

With Camren qualifying for state today we have one more week of wrestling season...state on Saturday in Lexington, SC. Camren said he will be happy for the season to be over so her could have his Saturdays back for hunting! Gotta love those good ole boys from South Carolina!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wed. 1-20-10

No More Scary Movies!! 1-18-10

Sometime during the night Megan came running into our room having had a nightmare, Eddie said she was shaking when she got into bed. I had to get up and let Izzy out since Megan had woken her up. I went into Meg's room to turn off her radio and there on top of her tv was her quilt.  The next morning I asked her what her nighmare was about & why the quilt was on her tv. She said she was seeing scary faces in the tv and there was a girl with long stringy hair standing by her bed. No more scary movies for awhile!!

Mommy/daughter Date

It was nice to spend some time off with Megan. On a whim we decided to go to the movies and we were in the mood for a light fun movie...Cloudy with a chance of Meat Balls. It was a sweet cute movie, even for us older ones. The best part was for 2 tickets, 2 drinks and a large popcorn it only cost us $11.00!! You don't hear of that very often!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Relay For Life ~ Spartanburg Style 1-16-10

Tonight was the kick off for Relay for Life 2010 for Spartanburg County. The 4 of us; Mignon, Gina, Anne and I went for a fun evening of food, music and awards for last year. Some of the big announcements were: Spartanburg County was # 2 in the nation in for fundraising, which = out to $2.72 per capita!! That is amazing to consider we were up against all the big cities in the country! And once again I'm so proud to be an employee of District 5 schools...$101,875!! Byrnes High raised $26,749 amazing! Berry Shoals in just 3 months of fund raising-$20,299, imagine if we had had the whole year to raise! I'm looking forward to another great year of "Bee Cause We Care" relaying!!  So stop by, join the team or make a donation...just find my name and click on it. 

Friday 1-15-10 Concussion

con⋅cus⋅sion  /kənˈkʌʃən/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kuhn-kuhsh-uhn] Show IPA
\–noun 1. Pathology. injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like.
2. shock caused by the impact of a collision, blow, etc.
3. the act of violently shaking or jarring.

Well...with both of our girls very involved in sports you would have thought we would have experienced this earlier. Thursday when I picked up Megan from softball weight training she got in the car complaining, but jokingly, about falling in the weight room. The coach was there talking to me & I jokingly said, "You're not suppose to let your coach know how clumsy you are!" On our drive home Meg started crying saying her head really did hurt. She had gotten tangled in the rubberbands and fell, hitting her head on the weight pole. Worrying that it might be seen as whining she didn't go to a coach...she won't do that again! We got home, shower, food & some meds. she still was hurting. Having grown up in an athetic family & having brothers & nephews with numerous concussions I knew she had to rest and not sleep for some time. Well, we didn't have to worry about her going to sleep! She had been talking to Camren (BF) & daddy and they had mentioned the worse case senerio...death in your sleep. Well...she was terrified to go to sleep! She went to lay down in her bed & texted her sister for her "to come home ASAP, she needed her Sissy!" Taylor has no idea what was going on! Once she got home & they talked we convinced Meg to sleep in my bed~this way I could keep an eye on her throughout the night. Poor dad had to sleep back in Meg's room. She tossed & turned all night,still had a small headache in the AM, so we took the day off. The things we will do for a 4-day weekend. The precious part of the story was Meg & I were getting texts throughout the day from Meg's friends checking on her. Some how her mild concussion had turned into "Megan is in a coma!!" They had girls just crying at school! Meg did say her friends were sensitive and a bit dramatic...LOL. She's fine now, even having a friend spend the night. Fingers crossed we don't experience any more!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cookies For Soldiers 1-14-10

Cookies For Soldiers

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands, Inc. has a partnership with the Blue Star Mothers of the Upstate and Midlands. The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political, and non-profit organization comprised of mothers who have, or have had, children serving in the military.

What is Cookies for Soldiers? This Gift of Sharing project is a community service project and leadership experience that allows girls to Discover, Connect and Take Action! Through personal interaction girls gain key leadership experiences while developing the skills of courage, confidence, and character. This inspiring project has brightened the faces and lifted the spirits of men and women serving our country. The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands are honored to make the world a better place by helping in such a meaningful way.

Wordless Wed. 1-13-10

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Western Day

This one is for you Michelle! Western Day is always a fun...long day at Berry Shoals. All 3 halls of 5th graders are involved in activities that would have occured back in the olden days of Western Expansion. We all dress up & hope the kids do too. We have them participate in the process of corn going from the husk to corn meal, learn how to square dance, listen to a true bluegrass band, see real archives from the day, make butter, eat some western snacks (beef jerky and apple juice), took pictures,worked on quilts, played old timey games and watch Pecos Bill. I believe it's a day us teachers look forward to as much as the kids do! Watch for pictures from our journey through Ellis Island soon!!

Mon. 1-11-10 Daddy and his girl

Eddie is living in a sea of pink....all girls, even the dog. We tease Eddie telling him that Izzy is his favorite daughter. Everynight he sits on the couch and just rubs on her and she just falls over on him. He even sings to her...Michael Jackson's "I'll be There" is their song! Don't ask when the last time was that he sang to the girls or me!! Izzy just celebrated her 5th birthday in December and I do believe she is the best Christmas present we ever got Eddie.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Saturday 1-9-10 BHS Wrestling Invitational

Saturday morning started AND ended at Byrnes high School. Megan and Cameron have been "dating" for just over a month now and he had a wrestling tournament Saturday. Now having grown up in a wrestling household & cheerleading for wrestling I knew tourney's last a good bit of the day....but 11 HOURS?? There was over 700 wrestlers. We weren't ever sure when Cam was going to be wrestling & neither did the guys till they were up in another match or two. For that fact we didn't want to leave to go home (5 mins. down the road)...just in case. What made it so bad was he pinned both his guys in less than 30 secs.!! Then pinned in the 3rd match left him to wrestle in consolation round. Well, at 8:30 pm (we got there at 9am) they decided since the championship rounds were taking longer than expecte they just weren't going to do the consolation rounds!! That would have been nice to have known that 4 hrs. earlier when Cam's last match ended! All in all we did have a pretty good afternoon (day)!

Friday 1-8-10 Friends gotta love 'em

Taylor's best friend loves "tagging" cars and tends to tag Tay's car quiet often. Give her a day or two after Taylor cleans the window & Becca leaves another loving message! Friends...ya gotta love 'em.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thurs. 1-7-10

Megan has softball conditioning every Tues. and Thurs. afterschool until try outs in Feb. This of course isn't a picture of Megan at the high school conditioning, because how humiliating would it be for me to be at the school taking pictures?? Even though almost all the girls there know me and know that my camera is always with me. This was taken during christmas break, throwing with Beka. The girls workout for strength, speed and softbal drills till tryouts. Megan decided that IF she doesn't make the team she will go over and try out for the soccer team...such determination! Good luck Megan....

Wordless Wed.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"It's Tough Being a Woman"

This is the new Bible study our women at church are doing. It's Beth Moore and I am SOO because I LOVE Beth Moore, two I want to see how God is going to stretch me this year and three it means Girl Time ~ even if it's only 2 hrs. a week it's still Girl Time! I'm anxious to meet some of the newer women at church that are in my group and also get to refresh some old friendships. I'm sure I will be sharing along the way, but right now I have to go do my homework!! Praise God & Him all the glory!

Pt. 2 of The End of Doodling 1-4-10

This is the results of a few hours of Eddie and Megan painting a whole gallon of Premier Kilz Primer on Megan's bedroom walls. When they started she had blue walls w/ graffiti and when done priming she had white walls w/ primer!! Guess we can chalk it up to an afternoon of daddy-daughter bonding. Next step....plum walls with pink accents..we'll keep you updated on this project.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The end of Doodling

For past few years we've allowed Megan & her friends doodle on her bedroom walls. It was neat to see their artwork and writings. Now that Meg has turned 13 she is ready for a change. She's busy taking down posters & pictures and getting ready to prime the walls tomorrow. It will be neat to show these pictures to her kids when they write on the walls & get in she did when she was a wee one!

Starting the New Year off with many laughs

Great friends of ours; the Scott's had 4 tickets to see Jeff Dunham (world reknown comedian). Two ended up having to do high school basketball, which enabled Megan and myself to go with Beka and Sandi. Well, Sandi became sick and wasn't able to go, so I had the pleasure of taking 3 teens to the BiLo Center to see Jeff & his family of puppets.  The 4 of us laughed SO hard it hurt. We had a great time, even driving home in the sleet! Thank you to the Scotts!!

Haley, Taylor and Becca met as 3rd & 4th graders as they stepped on the softball field to play for the Orioles. Here as 11th & 12th graders they are as close as ever. When Taylor introduces Haley she tells them she is her little sister. My wish for them is when August comes and they go their seperate ways that they stay as close as they are now.

Happy New Year ~ 2010

My New Year Resolution for 2010 is to keep up with my new blog~A Daily View. My intentions is to take an everyday picture and journal something about it. Our scrapbook loop has motivated me to get my butt back into scrapbooking. Well, with my scrapbook room becoming a storage room and my busy schedule doesn't really leave me much time to sit down and scrapbook, so I guess this will be the best I can do for now. So enjoy a daily view into our lives.