Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring Break Rocked!!!!

I had the. most. wonderful. spring break!!! Julie and Cooper came for a long weekend and during that time my mom arrived and stayed for just over a week. We got to show her around our little part of Texas. We also had Barry's family down for a get together one day then went and stayed a night with his parents so we could take my mom into Oklahoma City. We went to the OKC Memorial and to Brick Town. The memorial is extremely moving. It's my second time to visit it. Barry was actually a Red Cross volunteer who was there shortly after the bombing helping where needed. It brings back a lot of hard memories for him to go there, but he provides a lot of really good information. I just can't tell you how much fun we had during our visit with Barry's parents! They are just amazing!! I didn't get a lot of rest during my break, but that's ok. I got to spend it with the people I love the most!

I have to share a couple funny things about Sam (my black lab). He adores my sister!!! I mean he really LOVES her! I think it's because she's always lets him break the rules about human treats and she spoils him as much as I do. When he was a puppy and I was teaching, she used to go to my house and get him every Friday (her day off) and take him to her house to play so they've always been pretty close. When we were home at Christmas he was thrilled to see her. I should add that he is just about as crazy about my mom as he is Julie. When he saw grandma at Christmas he tried to claw his way out of the Tahoe to get to her. Anyway...back to my story. I knew that he would freak out as soon as he saw Julie after we picked them up from the airport and got back to the house. I carried Cooper in just so Sam wouldn't jump and hurt him. Sam didn't disappoint. He heard Julie's voice when she walked in the door and started whining and barking. Once we took the gate down from the room he was in, he made a MAD dash to Julie. He practically knocked her down loving all over her. She a big time dog person and loves him too so she had to sit down so she could return his love. It was a great reunion. Then Saturday rolls around. We warned my mom about Sam's response to seeing Julie. I wanted my mom to sit down so he didn't knock her down before we let him free. She has a stress fracture in her toe and we didn't want to make that worse. She sat down, we let him out and she called him. He came flying....he jumped into her lap....remember he's a lab. Of course he thinks he's still the 5 lb baby he was when I brought him home and he's sure he is a lap dog. The whining was was that...I'm sooooo happy to see you grandma kind of whining. It was another beautiful reunion. :)
Here are some pictures of our visit. Someday I'm going to learn how to make a slide show....I think it would be easier than posting several pictures.
I kind of started at the end of our visit and worked back. ha!
Looking out at the chairs that represent the people who died that day.

The Living Tree...the only tree to survive the blast

No other words needed.

My husband is a goofball...not much else to say.

Posing with my mom for a picture along the river in OKC.
We also took the River Tour by boat.
It was such a windy day, but oh so beautiful.

Us posing in the same spot.

Did I mention Barry has a garden in the back yard? Here he
is with his nephews and niece showing them the finer points
of gardening. Notice KC is watching her kids.

They were really enjoying it! Barry was doing an
amazing jobexplaining everything tot he kids.
He is going to be an incredible teacher!

See the Sonic Cup? We are Sonic loving gals! They don't have
them in MI so we went every single day my mom and sitster were here!!

Julie might kill me for posting this, but I really like this picture of her.

A Bath in the sink...he LOVES the water!

Drying off. He's not crying, he's actually laughing.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Cutie Pie!!!

Julie and Cooper left late this afternoon after spending 5 nights with us. We had such a wonderful visit!! I have more pictures that I will post later, but here are a few of just the most adorable baby ever!! Cooper is such a good baby. I couldn't get over how friendly he is whenever he meets anyone new. He smiles the biggest smiles all the time. The only time he really cries is when he wants something to eat. Julie is such a good mom, she is so relaxed with him! I am sure that's why he is such a "go with the flow" kind of guy. I'm pretty sure he will walk before he ever crawls. He hates being on his stomach so much that he flips right over to his back. Cooper just wants to stand all the time. Needless to say, I had a wonderful visit! I was sad to see them go. My mom arrived on Saturday and is staying through Sunday so we will get some fun time together! More pictures later this week!

What's Uncle Barry doing???

Ride 'em Cowboy!! Here's Cooper on a saddle at our school open house.
The kindergarteners did a western theme.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008


We left school early today due to bad weather! It started snowing right about lunchtime, then changed to freezing rain. We left about 2:00 and once we started our 20 minute drive north it started snowing like crazy! I'm a Michigan gal and haven't seen snowflakes the size of these very often. The driving was slow on the way home because the roads were pretty bad. We happened to have the camera because Barry had it at school this week taking pictures of his kids for a class project. I got some pretty good ones of the snow and scenery.

By the time we made it home, we had about 5" of snow. I changed into my boots and put on some winter stuff and went outside with Sam. Barry had to take his camera out so we could take some pics in the backyard. We had a great time! Sam LOVES the snow! He bounds through the yard, hopping around like a freako! I tried to make a snowman, but he preferred to eat it and smash it with his paws.

They are saying up to 9" of snow tonight....we are hoping!! If we get that much, we are sure to have a snow day! We'd even have one in Michigan with that amount of snow. Keep your fingers crossed, wear your pajamas backwards and do some snow dances for us!
Everyone who knows me well, knows I LOVE Sonic! I had to
take a pic on the way home as we were slowed to a crawl!

Another pic taken from the car while we were driving
soooooo SLOW.

Look at the snow coming down!

Sam absolutely loves the snow!
He has been so happy playing in it this week.

In our backyard

In the midst of making a small snowman.

Sam is a snowman killer! He smashed it! ha

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