What do all of these pictures have in common?

All Bobs!

It is the strangest thing...
For weeks now, Ava Grace has clearly called me "Bob." I have tried to catch it on video and will continue to try. It is so funny! She used to call me "Mama," but it has slowly developed into Bob.


Deep in concentration

When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher asked us to write a note to each of our classmates. All of the letters were compiled to make a book. Each student got a book of personal notes from his/her classmates. I still remember a couple of the notes that were written to me: Leslie always uses recycled paper. AND Leslie always sticks her tongue out when she colors.

Remember how recycled paper used to be gray and thin? My mom used to buy that stuff for me.

I digress...When I am deep in concentration, I still stick my tongue out and rest it on my top lip. Graham says he notices it when I am cleaning, crafting, fixing something, and sometimes when I type. Well...my little girl does it, too. I catch her sticking that little tongue out and resting it on her top lip just like me. It is so funny to see my quirky habit in my daughter.
Walking down the steps...see that tongue?


Tiny Dancer

Forget Toddlers in Tiaras. I've got a Grand Supreme already.

She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady...


He is Risen!!!

What a wonderful Easter Sunday. Although it was cold, rainy, and gloomy, we have a reason to rejoice!!! We serve a risen Saviour!

Ava Grace got an Elmo Tug Boat for the bath, a new book, and a light-up microphone.

This is the part where she notices the other toys...


Weekend Trip to Branson

This weekend, Renee, Casey, Ava Grace and I went to Branson, Missouri. My sister-in-law is a student at The College of the Ozarks and I just love it there. We stayed at the Keeter Center which is a wonderful hotel with fabulous amenities.

The College of the Ozarks is an extraordinary college. There are only nine others like it in the nation. It is run by the students. Each and every student has a specific job that keeps the college running. It is like a miniature town, complete with its own fire station, dairy, day care, hotel, etc. One of Casey's friends, Tonya, took us to the barn to see the cows fed and milked. The machines that do the milking are hilarious. It brings back some memories of my own that I won't delve into. Ava loved looking at the cows, especially the little ones.
Friday night, Casey, Tonya, and I went to see Legends. This is a great show featuring Elvis, Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Rod Stewart, and Alan Jackson all in person...just not the actual person. They are fabulous impersonators.
For lunch, we went to The Hard Luck Diner. I love this place because Branson recording artists serenade you while you eat. Ava loved the live entertainment.
Next, it was off to Kringles! The store where it is Christmas all year long!!!!! I love it!!!!!

We had a blast Na and KK. We can't wait until we go on another girl's weekend!


1-to-1 computing grant

In January, I wrote a grant to receive 30 laptop computers and a hand-held video camera for my classroom. I am so excited to announce that I was one of the applicants selected. This means that each of my students will be able to use their very own computer each day.
I can't even tell you how much this will impact my lessons and the students' learning! Soon I will write a post all about one-to-one computing and how it impacts the classroom, but for now I'm just going to be pumped that I got the grant! This is so AWESOME!!!!!


Almost Over!

Yesterday, I went to the urologist after school. I was in a lot of pain, and I think that was good because the doctor saw the REAL DEAL.  I think the doctor seeing the pain I was in made him take action. He did another X-ray and said that the stone looked bigger than I had been told originally. He said, "You want me to get it out, today?" I couldn't believe it. He sent me to the hospital to get prepped for surgery. After they removed the stone, they brought it to me to take a look at it. He said that it was A LOT bigger than he thought and that I would have never been able to pass it on my own. I am now at home and in a little bit of pain due to the stint. The nurse said, "About the time you get used to it, we will take it out." They will take it out on Monday and hopefully this experience will be over. Thanks for all of you thoughts and prayers during this very trying time for me.