Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
(Last year's team)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Did you get the pun that WAS intended? Awesome!!!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Guilty Party:
Can you tell it is hard to be mad at this little guy? And, just in case you were wondering, his breath does smell minty fresh. :)
Well, I must include on the blog that Andy's football team WON their first game last night. Please do not ask me for details because I won't be able to tell you. I was made to video tape the ENTIRE game on my FlipVideo. You do all know that this hand-held camera was one of my gifts from Andy this Christmas? You do know that I saw right through the thought that it took to get that for me, right? He had dreams of me holding that sucker upright for an HOUR taping every one of his flag football games. I was on to him from the start. Maybe my conversations with another team wife (that he will inevitably be able to hear on the tape!) and my terrible habit of not knowing exactly where the football is at all times will help Andy to see that I am not the woman for the job. I can only hope! I do have to say that the boys impressed me. It's quite a different team from last season, but they looked as "with-it" as ever. Perhaps it was Andy's new, handy-dandy armband full of plays? HAHA--I told him it sort of reminded me of Captain Planet for some reason. Like he was going to call up the other members of the super hero team at any moment. :)
On another note, my little brother is off to his first prom tonight. Due to the bad weather coming, Andy and I have decided not to go and take a million pictures like I would love to. Connor is eight years younger than me, so these milestones always seem to come too early. I guess he will always be a little kid to me. :) I wish him the best--don't do anything that I wouldn't do! HAHA. :)
I'm off to worry myself sick about the storms headed our way. Perhaps Andy's mom could convince Andy that Duncan and I need a storm shelter too? I hate these dern tornadoes!!! Be safe all of my Tennessee friends. :) Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
HAHA--I cannot look at this picture without laughing. First, the restaurant had bolted this thing to the building in such a way that a pole was right where Andy's head needed to go...and it looks like he has a nub for a hand. Then, check out my dangling arms...perhaps I should have folded them or something? Look for this one on our next Christmas card...classy, huh?
This picture really doesn't do Andy's mouth justice. We all ate the same birthday cake Saturday night; however, Andy's mouth turned completely green from the icing. It matched his shirt! I figured it would wear off soon enough...he's just a messy eater. :) Well, I'm sitting next to him in church the next morning and I look over at him and notice his lips are STILL green! I have no idea why no one else had the same problem...On that note, Duncan (beneath all of his fur), must have been looking rather green Sunday morning. He had been stealing cat food all weekend and managed to "get rid" of it all over the bed we had been sleeping in. Way to make a good second impression, bud!
Well, our first day is complete for TCAP testing...3 to go! Today the kids took the Reading/Language Arts portion. The two parts together took 2 hours and 16 minutes...ridiculous! I love how we force kids to take the longest and most trying part of the test on a Monday...intimidating, much?
Andy had helped me get the annual TCAP bags ready last night--complete with candy, gum, Kleenex, an eraser, and an inspirational message from me. I also had bottles of water for them and breakfast bars for anyone who didn't eat breakfast...can you tell that I REALLY wanted them to do well??? Needless to say, it was a very long morning. As one of my little ones said best, "My brain hurts, Mrs. Bozeman." Yes, I'm sure it did. However, mine hurts too with the thought that someone somewhere might think that these kids are somehow not smart enough or "with-it" enough simply based on a score. Or, someone somewhere might think that I am somehow less of a teacher if my students mark "A" instead of "B" on #3 on the test (you get what I mean). It seems really wrong that education has come to put so much weight on these tests. My kids have ALL learned in some way this year. As I told them this morning, I am already proud of them no matter how they do. I will never forget this group of kiddos and all they have gone through with me this year. The relationships that I have made with these guys is much more important than a "proficient" or "nonproficient" on a test. My prayer is that they have become better people because they were in my classroom. For me, that's all that really matters and that is how I judge my true effectiveness as an educator.
I will now willingly step down off my GIANT soapbox...these are just the thoughts that continually roll around in my head around this time of year. May this week pass quickly and painlessly! Thanks for listening...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Please hurry up and get here. My little ones and I are very tired of reviewing things that we either just don't get or just didn't cover well enough. Feel free to not ask my students questions regarding subtracting across zeros or finding the simple predicate in a sentence. We more than likely will not be able to give you what you are looking for. Please be good to my 22 kiddos next week...we need all the help we can get. :)
Can you tell what has been on my mind lately???
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Here is the LOVELY old fridge. I feel that this may have been the orginal Kenmore refrigerator. It was really small, old, and had apparently been leaking from behind. So as soon as I could convince Andy of it, we replaced it!!!
I just had to get a picture of the interior. The light, as you can see, is not on. However, the light would occasionally flash on and off quickly as you opened the door--CREEPY. It felt like we had a weird strobe light thing going on in our kitchen. Can I just say that there is also something weird about using a refrigerator that has been used for many years by someone else? You never feel quite right about it...
TAH-DAH! The new refrigerator! We actually ended up getting the Frigidaire Gallery line regrigerator that matches our dishwasher. I was really pleased with the way it fit in the space. A much better look!
The twin appliances. :)
Ah...the refrigerator the way that I like it. Some (my mom included) might say it's cluttered (which it is), but I say it's just right! I began collecting magnets when I traveled to different countries in college. I have also asked Andy to bring me magnets back from the places he visits with his work. Eventually I may have to pick and choose my favorites. :)
The new and improved microwave! Much like the refrigerator, it will be nice to know that any "funk" to be found on the interior of this appliance will be our own. :)
So the kitchen is REALLY close to being complete. We still need to make a fairly major repair to the ceiling and lighting (we ripped out the old light box recently), but I refuse to put pictures up of the nastiness until I can show the "finished" pictures along with them. Yes, it is that bad! I have to say, this process has been really drawn out, frustrating, and costly; however, I don't think I would change a thing. Andy and I are learning how to budget, do things ourselves, and to be patient with one another as we fix up our home. Would it be nice to swipe the ole' credit card and have some fancy contractor do it all for us? YES!!! But, I feel much prouder of our results because we did it ourselves(with a lot of help from family).
I'll leave you with a few pictures of the men in my life. The weather was just too gorgeous today to miss out on grilling out. So Andy started up the grill and made us some AWESOME turkey burgers. Duncan was right there with him trying to learn all he could about the art of grilling (and trying to catch any bits of meat that might be dropped!).
Andy at the grill! Notice Duncan keeping a close eye on the meat. :)
Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful week!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Backsplash with the trim...no it isn't dirty...it's the paint treatment. :)
The backsplash with all of my "clutter"back in its place...the way it should be. :)
We also got a little carried away with other projects while my parents were in. For anyone who has been to our house, you might have noticed that we had a BEAUTIFUL (haha) set of sliding doors INSIDE our house. Yes, you might typically see these in an old apartment building leading out to a small balcony, but we were so lucky as to have them INSIDE our house. An addition was put on to the house several years back, and I guess the sliding doors were what had led to the backyard previously. Well, the owners decided to just keep the doors when they added on! Awesome idea, right? So, all that to say, I have NEVER liked these doors. They have never made sense to me, and they are not easy to slide back and forth. So, in our craziness yesterday I had Andy and my dad start hacking away at the doors (literally). What an insane project that was!!! Basically, the carpet butted up to the runner that held the doors in place. My dad had to mutilate the sliding door frame, and then the boys had to peel back some of the carpet to rip (literally) the doors out. We may have cost my dad a few more hairs from his head after this adventure. However, the boys did manage to get the doors out and to the garage. Now we have to clean up the molding and find a transitional floor piece to connect the carpet to the wood floors in the kitchen. The improvements NEVER end! Here is a picture of the massive opening we have now created from the kitchen to the bonus room...
I know, I know. It's quite a large doorway...but it feels much more open! We may eventually break down and get french doors put in...we shall see. Money doesn't grow on trees, guys! Andy aren't you proud??? :)
And last but not least, I had Andy handle one more project this weekend. Our back doors had some old, beaten up blinds on them. So, I splurged and bought some bamboo blinds. HEY...I'm tutoring for extra pay, okay? Can you see how I justify purchases around our house? :) Anyways, they are absolutely ADORABLE if I do say so myself...excellent job Handy Andy!
Well, Andy is on his way...we are off to Lowes...AGAIN! Have a great night! Anyone else hoping that Kate gets kicked off DWTS this week? She's ridiculously bad!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Moving along the other wall...
The nearly finished product!!! What an improvement. :)
Much better than the gluey wall, isn't it?
So, as you can see, I'm a bit proud of the kitchen's progress. If nothing else, we can say that we are learning a lot as we go! My lovely mom also brought us our completed couch pillows yesterday. She covered the fairly hideous ones that came with our couch and chair. And yes, I did go with a houndstooth pattern. My love for houndstooth patterns in decorating has nothing to do with the Tide--promise. :)
Aren't they cute???
The yellow helps to tie in the kitchen (now you see why I wanted the yellow candlesticks!), and the red fabric matches the curtains in the room. Much better than what we had!
Well, I think I have been on here for far too long. I need to get going and enjoy our Saturday! I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Easter. My grandmama is supposedly cooking for a small army tomorrow for lunch--I better pack my fat pants to change into after church. :) Thanks for checking in!