"Of Mice and 'Manns"

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

And Just Like That, She's a High Schooler!

It was such a bitter sweet night. It is always sad to watch your baby grow up. You mourn the speed at which time flies, but rejoice in the young lady that she is becoming. I cannot believe that I have a high schooler in the house. How does that happen? Don't get me wrong we have all been looking forward to the minute we could walk out of that sad middle school for good. But, the idea of sending my baby off to high school is just unimaginable. 

It was a great night for Gracie. Not only did she get a President's Award for finishing the year with a 3.9, but she also got two awards for having an outstanding work ethic. She also looked and sounded amazing in the band. I couldn't have been more proud of her. 

Campbell County High School here she comes! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Favorite Guys!

It makes me giddy to say that I think there has been an annual New Kids post  for the last 4-5 years. Maybe more. I recently attended NKOTB concert number 21. Thanks to Dad (As usual!) He's the best! It was Gracie's 4th. That makes me even more proud! I'm raising her right. 

When we got to the concert we found a friend. This is guy is a former principal of mine. Working for him was like working for Santa Claus. He had a way of loving the kids until they were good! He also loved my kids. Gracie used to chase him down the hallway yelling for Uncle Frank, and would jump in his arms. There's not a kid, or teacher, on the planet that doesn't love him. Imagine our surprise when we saw him hanging out next to the stage! Since he has retired, he as dappled in a lot of jobs, and this is just one of them. It's my favorite one. 

Like the matching shirts? They are souvenirs from our trip to Coney Island. 
(Another birthday present from Dad.)

Oh seeing these guys pop up out of the floor never EVER gets old. 
I hope it will be just as exciting when they are toting canes! 

I mean, really, does he LOOk like an "old man on the block??"
Trust me folks, you have no idea.

See that box.....

It was like my own personal stage. 
It got me closer than ever before! 

Well except for that time I sang with this guy!! 

Sing to me babe!

See those smiles!? 
They're the product of a night spent with my
five favorite guys!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bringing Home the Gold

Okay okay, so it's not really gold, and it certainly wasn't the olympics, but it was a golden night for mom. I never thought I would have a Golden Apple sitting on my desk, but now I do! 
My boss nominated me for a Golden Apple. Her letter brought tears to my eyes and made me feel valued and appreciated. Both are feelings not common to teachers. Just reading her letter was rewarding enough; it didn't matter if I won or not. 

Of course the award came with a big fancy dinner. The food was delicious, but the fact that my family was there to celebrate the occasion with me made it even more special. 

The apple itself is actually a bell. When you pick it up it rings. I now let my students ring the bell when they are so good that their magnet goes ABOVE the highest level. It seems to be a big deal for the kids. (It's the little things.) 

In addition to winning the apple itself. I also won a HUMONGOUS hideous fur blanket. I mean really big and really HIDEOUS. But, Gracie disagreed because she took ownership of it as soon as we got home. It really was a special night. 
The sound of that bell reminds me why I do what I do, and WHO I do it for. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Another Great Season

We (and by we I mean the state of Kentucky, the ones that wear blue that is,) had another great season on the court. This team was fun to watch. They fought hard and came close to bringing another title back to the bluegrass. And although we all ended the season in tears AGAIN, it was still a great ride. Here's a bit of a photo spray of the fun that we had this season. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Jax!

Im not sure how many times I am going to apologize for my lack of pictures while I'm catching up on out little blogspot. But, man have I really dropped the ball, and ball I mean camera (phone. who has a camera anymore?) It is so hard to believe that my little boy is NINE!! He is headed to the fourth grade for crying out loud! I mean he really has turned this birthday thing into an annual tradition. And the older he gets the older I get! It's okay though, He makes nine look good,
 and I make 28 look even better (oh hush!!) 

He loves it when I kiss him at school.  I mean look how excited he is! 

I think this is the third year in a row we have had a Lego cake. It helps with the decoration budget. 
I just keep running down in the basement and dragging out the Lego birthday box. 

Even Rudy the Christmas Elf came back to help us celebrate. He made a mess of the shop! 

Gotta have that birthday selfie. Man I love this kid. 
He is my favorite boy, and my best friend. 
We remind each other of that every time we go to bed.

And there's nothing Jackson likes more than a day at the arcade. 
So, when he gets to choose the location of his party, it's ALWAYS at a place full of video games! 
I'm not sure who likes it better him, his sister, or DAD!? 

It was a great day as always. 
Happy birthday buddy! 
Mommy loves you! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Soup with Seuss...Take Ten

This year I celebrated a momentous occasion. I organized my TENTH annual Soup with Seuss. Every year I swear that "that Seuss" will be the LAST Seuss. I swear that I am not going through the stress and heartache again. But then the night comes. The kids are so excited. The faculty and staff really come together. And, magic happens. I cannot describe the joy that I see on the kids' faces when they are running around the building playing, or when they see the cat for the first time. The parents and kids have a ball playing together, creating crafts together, and interacting with the characters. Before I know it I forget about the stress, and somehow manage to do it again. It's like childbirth. The big moment erases all the strife. 😆

Jackson and his best friend, Ethan, buddied around all night. I was happy that he had a friend because I am never able to play Mommy that night. To be completely honest, I never get to see my kids that night. I always have to depend on Papaw and Daddy to take care o the kids,
 while I'm putting out fires throughout the building. 
But, my kiddo's have always raved about the night and how much fun it is.

One of my favorite things about the night is finding my own kiddos throughout the building. I love taking selfies and silly pictures with them, and seeing how happy they are. Here are a few of 
my best buddies. 

My dad hasn't missed a Seuss night. 
I was happy to have a picture of just the two of us by the cat. 
I really need to look back over the years and collect pics of the family with the cat, it would be awesome to see them all together. 

Does that Thing look familiar? 
Gracie has been begging to play a part for years. She finally got to put on a face. 
Meet Thing Two.