Monday, November 17, 2008

So Very Excited...

about our upcoming trip back home (well, my home) to Georgia. The kids are very excited too, Maybel has always counted down the sleeps till any big my dad e-mailed the girls today telling them that Papa has been counting and it's only 5 more sleeps till Georgia! Isn't that great?!?

Nalley is very funny...always running around pointing out pictures of "Nana" and "Papa"...and saying their names over and over again in her cute little voice. It always makes me smile and I know my parents are just going to melt when they see and hear it in person. Speaking of her cute little voice, I have been teaching her all of the animals and what sounds they first they all said "mooooo", but now they all say their own thing...lions "roar", but in the sweetest, softest little teeny cracks me up. My other favorite is what pigs say..."onk"...just like honk, without the "h". I could listen to that a million times a day.
I am excited for the break from my "real" life...glad to have some help with the's a treat for me and my parents. Glad to see all of my friends and really looking forward to going to see a University of Georgia game with Shayne, Jeff & Kellee! Go DAWGS!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Fun Day Crafting

I taught an Advent Calendar Class yesterday at Neil Campbell School and it was so much fun! It totally got me into the holiday spirit a bit early. There were a couple of girls there who had never crafted before as well as several seasoned crafters. The first one to finish had never done any type of craft before, and it looked perfect...go figure!

I have to give a big thanks to my Lizzie Lou for helping organize these classes through the River East Transcona School Division Teachers Association, they really have been a lot of fun. I will be teaching a Digital Scrapbooking class in January, as well as some other "hands on" crafty thing...I just have to dig into my creativity and figure out what that will be! Stay tuned for more info on that front...

Thanks to all the girls in attendance, it was a really fun day...I loved to see what you all came up with, they were all so beautiful!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Feeling Proud and Hopeful

I was sick over the fact that I was 2 days late to get in my registration to vote on an absentee ballot for this election. Sick over the fact that my vote does count, but wouldn't be in this crucial election. But I am feeling better now, knowing that millions of others shared my opinion and belief that American needed some MAJOR change...I am hopeful that it will come in Obama.

I am proud to see that Americans can look beyond color at last. Being raised in the sometimes racially charged South, I have witnessed the ugly, naked truth that racism still exists. I have seen the Ku Klux Klan hold rallys on the steps of the courthouse in my
is still alive.
However, a change was needed and democracy abounds. I have always been a registered Republican voter. My religious and moral views on politics have mostly always aligned with the Republican platform. I voted for Bush, twice. I have regretted that decision over and over again, wishing that for America's sake, we could all have a "do-over". But to this day, I question if Kerry would have done a better job...he had no platform at all.
Today is a new day. A day of renewed hope for the failing economy(ies). Hope for change in education and healthcare. Hope for all that black Americans have fought so hard for. Hope that the world might again see America as a generous, strong, yet fair country. Hope that our faith in our leaders will not be in vain.
I pray that Obama will bring the change that is so desperately needed...change that we can believe in...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kid's Photo Shoot

I orginally saw these pettiskirts a while ago on Michelle Coleman's blog. I fell in love with them and knew that I had to have them for my girls. They are adorable! They reminded me so much of my grandmother's square dancing petticoats that I used to hike up around my armpits and play in like they were my fancy dresses. There are lots of pictures of me like that, all of which are at my parent's house 1500 miles away...or I would post one! (I'll make sure to find some while we're home for Thanksgiving). What I also loved about these skirts is that you don't see them everyday on every kid!

We have been meaning to get the kids' pictures taken in these skirts with Joshua in his little suit for a few months. Jocelyne was "busier than a bucket of fish" (to quote our friend Ian) before she had her baby in September, then she welcomed Kendalyn to the family, so we were hard pressed to find the time. Finally, the weather and all of our schedules cooperated and we traveled down to the Basillica ruins to have our photo shoot. The weather was perfect, the kids were good and we got some adorable shots. I think my favorite funny one has got to be the one where Joshy looks like he's copping a feel...look at his expression too...priceless!