Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sping Bake

No, I didn't lose my mind.  The above title is what Josey called last week.  She was very excited when I told her that spring break meant that I got to stay home from work and play with her all day.  She kept referring to it as "sping bake".  Ahhh, the things kids say.  :)

The week flew by, just like they always do.  I felt like we were extremely busy, but that we didn't get much accomplished.  That's pretty much how my life goes. 

We started out the week with a trip to Lake Sommerville.  Matt and I took both of the kiddos out on the boat.  Josey LOVES the boat and the water.  She's destined to be a lake rat.  I spent lots of time at the lake growing up, and I loved every second, so she gets it honest.  Josey and Cody both drove the boat (it's a pontoon boat) and they thought they were sooooooooo cool and grown up.  

Monday, Mom and I took Josey to the Lufkin Zoo.  If you are looking for a small zoo with great exhibits, then it's the place to be.   Unfortunately, Josey hated it.   She loved the "mingos" (flamingos), but she didn't like anything else.  The peacocks run loose throughout the zoo, and they especially scared her.  The good news of the day was that I found a really cute dress at Rue 21 while she was napping in the car with Mom.  :)

I had allergy tests run on Tuesday.  They were far from pleasant and I am a total moron to schedule them during a week when I OUGHT to be enjoying myself.  Good news- none of my allergies are very serious.  Bad news- I am allergic to dogs, dust, and some weeds.   Have I mentioned I have a chihuahua and a schnauzer that live in the house? Best news of all- I now have a totally legitimate excuse to rip out the old carpet that has been driving me crazy and replace it with hard wood like I want. 

We worked both sets of cows and got rid of some dry cows.  It was bittersweet.  I know there's no reason to feed something that's not producing, but we got rid of some that I really liked.  It's a hard battle when your head and your heart don't agree.   I know it sounds like I'm talking about something really major, and you're thinking "it's just a freaking cow", but I love the cows.  I really do.  Make fun of me if you must. 

Lake Limestone was graced with my presence on Saturday, with my honey, Josey, my bestie and her hubby, their very adorable 6 month old, and an old friend I hadn't seen in a while in tow.  We had a blast on the boat again.  My honey proved to be even more amazing by getting in the frigid (and I mean REALLY frigid) water so that Jos could get in it to pee.   He got in.  He started to turn blue.  Um, not really, but almost.  Josey decided to get in the lake to pee.  I started to lower her in.  She shrieked hysterically.  I lifted her out.  She got all smiley again.  Matt didn't even get frustrated with her a bit.  Even though he almost got hypothermia.  Just kidding.  Anyway, is it any wonder that I love this man to pieces?

Jos was certainly sad that "sping bake" was over yesterday.  Her mommy was, too. 

Forty five more school days until SUMMER. Wooooooo hoooooooo!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Teaching opportunity

There are several blogs that I daily stalk.  Some are people I know, others are people I know of, and yet others are only people I've heard of. 

One of the blogs I stalk is http://allthingshendrick.blogspot.com/

Heather and Aaron are from Madisonville.  They're older than me and I actually just know of them.

Simply put, they're amazing and inspiring. 

For several months, they have been living in Haiti working as missionaries.  Aaron teaches at a school there and Heather works with a women's program teaching women about proper prenatal care and about the importance of breastfeeding. 

Did I mention that they have four kids?  Yes, four.  They are all living in Haiti.  What a wonderful experience for a child. 

They are currently looking for teachers.  Teachers to teach in Haiti. 

Teachers are needed in the school that Aaron has been teaching in.  They also, in conjunction with another family, are wanting to hire two teachers to come live in Haiti and home school their children. 

I think this would be a wonderful, amazing, stellar life changing experience. 

Check out their blog if you or anyone you know would like to visit with them about this opportunity. 

And if you do?  Tell me about it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Eat Pray Love

I recently finished this.  I am actually not sure what I thought about it.  This is uncommon for me.  I normally have a serious, quick, and final opinion as I finish a book.  I either love it or I hate it.  This one leaves me conflicted. 

It is an odd book.  It's a whole bunch of mini stories, not a comprehensive book. 

Parts of it I loved. 

Parts of it I really hated. 

My first thought after finishing it was "Wonder how many people started learning to meditate after they read this?". 

Wonder how many people actually meditate anyway?  And are any of them people that I know?  Hmm. 

Josey's current favorite books

This morning while I was taking a bath Josey sat on the lid of the toliet and read to me out of one of her favorite books. 

What a sweet memory. 

She was so sincere, telling me every part just as she remembers. 

She has recently decided that she loves to be read to.  For a while, she wouldn't be still.  Now she still isn't immobile for very long, but she will usually sit through two books and then she's off on the run again. 

This is one of her two favorites.  I bought it at our book fair at school a couple of weeks ago.  It is a wonderful book and I totally reccommend it to anyone with a horse crazy daughter. 

I bought this a while back and all of the sudden Josey has come to love it.  The illustrations are gorgeous and the words are so cute.  My favorite part is that the rabbit is playing a concertina. 

I am an avid reader, so I really hope Josey becomes that way as well.