red ribbons make everything better

She might kill me for even putting this up, but this is how we spent our Teacher Work Day in meetings.....a red ribbon that we had to wear in honor of Dr. Suess.
Red ribbons make everything happier....and the fact that she is pregnant makes it even HAPPIER!!!!!!! :)


To be honest...I really don't like Halloween at all. I never have been a fan of it and I think that is because we didn't do it as kids. We went to a private christian school through my elementary years so it was always looked down upon, but I really want Landon to experience it because it is fun for them. Halloween also marks the kick off to my oh so favorite time of the year so I have to learn to enjoy it!!

We had a laid back day and made sure that Landon got a good nap in so that he would be ready for some trick or treating. Last year, my dad and Mike rigged up this cooler with a fake snake in it. He put a huge sign on it telling the kids to help themselves to the candy. When kids would walk up he would just simply say that he thought they were going to be out of town but weren't, so the candy was already in there. I've never heard screams like that before....and the funnier part is that fact that he recorded all the kids so we just laugh and laugh. Anyways, this year he thought he would do the same thing and most kids already knew. But we did get some pretty funny laughs from the newbies. I told him that next year he will have to think of a new plan next year.

So a couple of family's from church came over to our neighborhood and we all went together. All the kids did a great job and after we were done with the ohhhh, 10 houses we hit up, we went back and sat on the porch and just laughed at the kids. It was a super fun first Halloween experience!!!heading out on the adventure....wagons in tow....Landon getting candy from his favorite JoeThis is his wife...Landon and William really couldn't figure out why they could hear her voice but couldn't see her. Looking kind of puzzled...not sure if they should approach that "thing". hahaGetting candyThis is how he spent the last couple of houses...."choo chooing" as loud as he could on Jay's shoulders! "cheeeeese"
My sweet friends that I keep after school...Alyssa and Tyler!

My favorite! :)

Until next year....



This has been such a super busy month so this post will have a lot of random things we have done combined in one. I think there has been something go on every weekend which has made it fun but super busy. And along with school that has literally made me crazy already...I have to say this month seems like a blur.

The pumpkin patch really happened in September, but I will just include it with October stuff since it seems to fit better in October. Southern Belle Farms offered a teacher get in free day for the first day that they opened so the Merritt's, Collinsworth's, Hoffman's, and Leigh's all headed out there. It was fun, but it was HOT. I don't think we stayed longer than 2 hours. It all worked out fine because we got to do everything, have a picnic, and get some pictures.

My favorite Saturday of the month was on October 2nd! It was the Bobby Cox Tribute game. I have been waiting and not waiting for this game since the beginning of the season. I knew it was going to be an emotional tribute and a super fun game. Jay and I went and I knew from the beginning that it would probably make me cry. No, I didn't ball my eyes out, but I did tear up when Chipper gave his little speech. It was so sweet and Bobby really appreciated everything that everyone has done for him. We had great seats in the outfield and in the shade which was a huge plus because it was once again a hot day! Unfortunately, we lost the game, but we had such a good time cheering Bobby and the Braves on. *Sidenote...Santa decided to take a break from the North Pole and visit Turner Field to see who was being good! ;)

*Does this suit make me look fat?* haha

Ben and Amanda were here for 10 days at the beginning of the month and we had a super fun visit with them. We got to cheer on our Dawgs to a victory over Tennessee and just hang out and be together. Normally they are here for only a short amount of time and it is always go, go, go, but this time it was a little more slow paced and relaxing.

This was her version of tailgating....reading her horiscope.

Yay for a win!

*These 2 northerners were amazed by the cotton field on the way home and had to stop and pick some!

I went to Augusta with Jay for one of his best friends wedding. It was super fun and hilarious to actually just sit back and watch everyone and not worry about a thing because I knew no one except Jay who was in the wedding and the groom that I had met once. I did thankfully have Jay's mom, sister, and brother to sit with at the wedding and reception. We had such a good time dancing the night away and making great memories. We went to church with Jay and after church we decided to go play golf......hmmmmm NOT so good at golf. I have only gone one other time and that was with my grandparents and they swore they would never take me again because I tore the fairway up. Well I was hoping that was just because I was 11 and just not good yet. hahaha That was a lie. I still am HORRIBLE! You know when you see in the movies where they will miss and it will spin the person around...well I really didn't think it could happen, but it can. I think I missed more than I hit the ball. Me and Megan (Jay's sister) were awful. It was just pure comic relief! I don't think I will take up golf. :)

Best friends!

We had our first Halloween Party with some teachers from school. Me, Ashley, Chassidy, Lisa, and Amy all have kids around the same age so we decided we would have a dinner/pumpkin carving/Frankenstien cookie making/lots of noise party! It was an absolute BLAST! All of the kids played in the backyard and for the amount of kids and different ages, everyone played really, really well together. We only had one bloody nose and that was purely accident. We had chili, potato soup, cheese ball, cornbread muffins, carrots and dip, and lots of other yummy foods. We decided to all bring a pumpkin and let the kids carve them, but it immediately turned in to the moms carving them as the children played. It was probably better that the kids were not around with all the knives and carving tools that were being passed around as some people decided to throw pumpkin guts on people. (Love you Lisa!) Ashley found a cute recipe to make Frankenstien's out of brownies so she led the troops in making them. They turned out really cute. We truly had a great night and now we are just trying to figure out the next time we can make up an excuse to get together.

Parker loved him some pumpkin to gnaw on! haha

Until next time!!



A no reason gift

So today was the first day that I have recieved a gift for no reason from one of my students! It made me unbelievably happy since it has just been one of those years already! Not necessarily regarding the students, but just EVERYTHING we have to get done for each student, on top of everything that needs to be done for teaching, the county expectations, etc.

I envy those teachers that always get gifts for no reason! There are a couple of teachers that I work with that get gifts all the time. And they aren't dumb gifts that won't get used...they are awesome, use everyday type of gifts!! I feel like a have a great relationship with my students and parents, but never have just gotten a gift for no reason!
Until today....this was delivered to me....

My sweet little friend walked in with the cute brown bag with red tissue paper coming out. He said, "Here, this is for you!" I simply asked him why and he repsonded with "Just cause....I made it for you!!" Insert my thought here of "Great, probably something that I am going to have to act like I love it." But when I pulled it out, it was this precious Georgia Bulldog face that he had painted at the pottery place!
It was so sweet of him to think of me. His mom just so happened to call about a totally different issue and I thanked her for the gift. She said that he earned points over the summer for doing school work and different things and he wante to use his points to paint pottery. She said once they got there he was determined to paint something for me! It made it even more special that he used his points for something for me. Super sweet and I love my first "gift for no reason"!!! :)

Thanks S!! You brightened my day!



Sooner or later I will be converting Landon to his "big boy" bed and room. I was considering doing it over the summer, but I kind of like the fact that he is in a bed and can't get out unless I help him. He can get in all by himself, but he won't venture the out part. I think because he knows he has to fall in and doesn't want to fall out! haha

So anyways, the other day we worked on painting so that I can frame his artwork in his room and it will be all the colors of his bedding. They are all the normal and bright primary colors! We had sooo much fun and he loved painting, but truthfully had more fun painting his body, than the paper! :)
Some of the masterpieces he created!!! This might be my favorite picture!! Looks like a little model with the "gaze" lookThis is where he decided to roll down the hill so that "grass stick to me, Mom"!!
And it got all in his mouth on the roll down! haha
So hopefully I will have pictures of the room soon whenever I decide to take the leap and let him have a big boy bed. I'm just not sure that I am ready!! :/