Monday, April 25, 2011

Manic Monday

3:20 a.m. : Chandler woke up crying, and before I even got out the thermometer, I knew he had a fever. One dose of Motrin, lots of cuddling, and tons of tumbling around soon followed. An hour later he was finally asleep again, but unfortunately I was not. I lay there watching the minutes tick by, and I finally dozed off sometime around 5:15 a.m.

6:00 a.m. : When the alarm came on, I really wanted just to roll over and hide, but I didn't. I got up and trudged on. At least the hot shower helped.

7:45 a.m. : Eighteen little people marched into my classroom, most of them ready to learn, and I went nonstop until I left the school around 3:45 p.m., just in time to head to the pediatrician's office.

4:00 p.m. : Thank goodness Chandler doesn't have an ear infection or strep throat, but perhaps he does have some little "bug". At least the Motrin and Tylenol seem to help, and I am so glad the fever hasn't gone up too high. When he has medicine in him, he actually feels pretty good.

5:15 p.m. : Exhaustion really began to set in since it was the first time I slowed down all day. My poor husband didn't get a cooked meal tonight. I was too tired! Thank goodness he loves me anyway!

8:30 p.m. : I heard the wonderful news that my friend's prayers had been answered...she and her husband are finally adopting a precious baby girl after a long time of waiting! God is still in the business of performing miracles. This just made my day! Congrats Alicia and Ryan. Parenthood is a wonderful thing!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Tale of Three Trees; An Easter Reflection

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!" The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!" The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."

Years passed and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain. The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining ax, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" the first tree said. The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining ax, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!" The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me." He muttered. With a swoop of his shining ax the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty ship was made that day. Instead, the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river. Instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..."

Many, many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box. "I wish I could make a cradle for him," her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. "This manger is beautiful," she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.

You see, it's not all about eggs, and baskets, and candy. It's about so much more than that. I pray that you are richly blessed this Easter season.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday

So, I've been doing these for a few weeks now, and I must say, they are my favorite posts so far. However, because blogging is still so new to me, and I'm still pulling ideas from my bag of tricks, this is the first time I've decided to link up here. I have so many things to be thankful for, but here are a few things on my mind today...

YELLOW BOX FLIP FLOPS: Oh, my goodness! Flipflops are some of my favorite shoes anyway when the weather warms up, and this year I bought a pair of cute black and white YELLOW BOX ones when they were on sale, and I have absolutely fallen in love! If you don't have a pair, you really need to try them out.

TEETH WHITENING STRIPS: So, the last time I went to the dentist, the hygienist recommended that I try some whitening strips for the light stains on my front teeth, so I decided to pick some up on my most recent trip to CVS. I decided on the store brand because they are essentially the same product, and they are less expensive, plus I had almost $10.00 in CVS bucks, so I got them super cheap. I've used them for the past three evenings now, and so far I'm impressed. We'll see how things turn out!

PARENTS WHO TAUGHT ME RIGHT FROM WRONG: The more I am around children, and especially now that I am a mother myself, the more I appreciate all the things my parents did to teach me right from wrong. They made so many sacrifices for both me and my sister, and I am forever grateful for everything they did for me.

Monday, April 18, 2011

(Just Another) Manic Monday

After a fun-filled, action-packed, on-the-go weekend with my boys and my in-laws, the alarm came a little too early for my liking once again this morning. Needless to say, I rolled over anyway and headed to take a nice hot shower, and I haven't stopped all day. Here's an overview of what my day looked like...

6:00 a.m. - Alarm

7:00 a.m. - Left home with Chandler in tow for my parents' house

7:25 a.m. - Arrived at school and worked non-stop with 18 first graders all day long

2:45 p.m. - Sent those 18 first graders home- hopefully with some knowledge they didn't have when they came in this morning

4:05 p.m. - Looked at the clock and realized I needed to get out of my classroom even if I wasn't finished with all the tasks I had hoped to be by this time

4:15 p.m. - Arrived at my parents' house and found my sweet baby boy taking a nap (short-lived, though, with a dog that was excited to see me and wouldn't stop barking)

4:50 p.m. - Arrived home with a tank full of gas (at almost $60.00 I might add!) and got supper ready for my honey who had to go to work

6:30 p.m. - Sent Brent off to work and headed out soon afterwards with Chandler for a walk around the neighborhood

7:45 p.m. - Bathed Chandler, gave him a bedtime snack, brushed his teeth, and got him to bed

8:30 p.m. - With Chandler in bed, I finally got some cleaning done around the house, and I even took a few minutes to order some books I've been wanting on

10:07 p.m. - Posting this blog and heading to bed- Sweet Bliss!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Recommendation

If you enjoy reading Christian fiction, I highly recommend you read this novel. It was written by my good friend, Julie. We met about ten years ago in college, and we remain good friends today. She is a wonderful Christian who has faced many challenges and overcame them with the help of God. (Oh, name is on the back cover, too, which is so exciting!)

Thankful Thursday

Today's thoughts...

1) I am thankful for the Easter season. Although I'm looking forward to teaching Chandler how to pick up eggs, eat his first Peep marshmallow, and play with the things the Easter Bunny will bring him this year, it's really not about these things at all. Just like last year, he'll be hearing about the true meaning of Easter...Jesus. He died for me, and he died for you.

2) I am thankful for sandal season. I just love sliding them on my feet, especially when my toes are pretty!

3) I am so thankful that tomorrow is Friday. Although the weekend is going to be a busy one, I am excited that I get to spend it with BOTH of my boys. Brent works every other weekend, and this is the weekend he's off. YAY!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Miscellany Monday

* I must admit that even though I enjoyed every minute of Spring Break last week, I really did miss the little people I teach every day. Today ended up being one of the most busy but productive days I've had in a while. The kids got just enough of a break from me and each other that they came back ready to learn, and we had a lot of fun while we were at it, too! Although there are a lot of things to deal with, I really do love teaching, and God knows exactly where I need to be.

* Even with the above comment, I am still excited to say that there are only 5 more Mondays until summer break!

* I bought a super-cute long flowing dress a few weeks ago, paired it with a light cardigan, and pulled my hair up in a twist for work today. It lightened my mood, and I got a lot of compliments. I think that's one thing that helped me have such a good day!

* I decided to pick up supper instead of cooking tonight. I just wasn't in the mood for cooking. Yeah, it may have had more calories that what I probably would have cooked, but who cares? A girl's gotta take a break sometimes, and besides, maybe we'll go for a walk in a bit since it's so pretty outside!

* Brent is off work tonight after working all weekend, so I am excited that I get to spend the entire evening with my boys! They are my loves. Speaking of my loves...I'm going to get off of here and enjoy my time with them.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ah, Spring Break...

I look forward to this time every year. This time, we didn't have any big plans, and it was nice not to have a schedule. Here are some things I did...

* Walked the 4.6 mile Lake Russell Loop with the two boys I love most

* Celebrated Chandler's 14 month birthday

* Washed, folded, and hung up tons of laundry
* Dropped off some dry cleaning
* Went to the dentist
* Spent the day with my two boys and the Purcell family in Hiawassee and gave Chandler his first roasted marshmallow

* Did a lot of cooking- I even froze a few meals for later!
* Went on some nice walks around the neighborhood with Chandler
* Played with the dogs
* Went to Target and TJMaxx in the same day (Happy, Happy!)

* Bought Chandler's first Easter eggs to hunt and some cute bunny shaped cheese snacks to go in them
* Slept late every day and took a nap almost every day, too (Now that is what I'm going to miss!)
* Went out to eat with Brent and Chandler
* Introduced Chandler to using his own plate (Up until now, I have just been putting his food on his highchair tray)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for...

* Time with my two favorite boys and with friends who were so kind to invite us to spend the day with them in Hiawassee

* Roasted Marshmallows (which we enjoyed around a campfire tonight in Hiawassee); It's one of those treats that brings back childhood memories.

* Beautiful Spring weather

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yesterday Was a Lazy Day...Today's a Different Story!

If you read my post yesterday, you may be thinking that's how my entire week will go...not so! I had to take one day to be lazy on my Spring Break, and I chose yesterday. But the real world awaits me, and these are the things I must do today:

1) Wash Chandler's hair again (since he insists everything he eats must go in it)
2) Wash a sink full of dishes left over from last night's dinner
3) Put away yet even more clean laundry (it's a never ending cycle)
4) Sweep the floors
5) Buy a few groceries
6) Go to the dentist
7) Organize and/or shred some paperwork
8) Cook dinner (perhaps I'll do a double batch of something to freeze)
9) Do Chandler's 14 month mini photo session (It gets harder as he gets older!)
10) Take aluminum cans to recycling
11) Drop off some dry cleaning (This is a rare thing for me, but it must be done!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Not-So-Manic Monday That I SOOOOOOO Needed!

* I got to sleep until 8:00 a.m since that's how long Chandler slept, which almost never happens. The best part is that Brent was here beside me and Chandler was back in his own crib since he's finally feeling better!

* I ate oatmeal with Chandler and hung around the house in my pjs until about 10:00 a.m., which again, almost never happens. Brent and I even watched an episode of "Let's Make a Deal", which I didn't even know came on anymore.

* Brent and I finally did fold and put away a little laundry that we never got around to yesterday, and then when he went to bed to get ready for work tonight, Chandler and I had our own cozy nap on the couch (until some UNKNOWN NAME, UNKNOWN NUMBER called, but that's another post).

* This afternoon, Chandler and I mosied our way to the mailbox and had a nice visit with the dogs outside. That boy loves the outdoors, and with this beautiful weather, I can't say that I blame him!

* Now it's about time to think about what I'm going to cook for supper. It sure has been nice to have a lazy day with no real plans looming over my head. I am so thankful for this week off. I really need it!