Monday, April 14, 2014

smorgasbord of randomness

Oh, heavens---this is a cute picture. Yep, we braved going out in public with all the crew plus one. Momma loves some Friday night Mexican....muy bonito!  We didn't go far, just about 4 miles from home, we didn't want the natives getting restless.

The very next day we ventured to the countryside. I dropped Daddy D and the girls off at his cousin's house while I went to my precious intern's wedding shower.

Her mom did an amazing job on the decorations. Safe to say, it's going to be a western weddin'!  Yessir, that's a stick pencil on the guest book. Literally, a real stick with lead. 

My girls need to own this lacey, streamer'd banner---and that R, too. My intern and I are a match made in heaven for lots of reasons--one being that her new last name is going to be Ramsey. My favorite name!

Keep in mind, my intern is almost 10 years younger than me. I just winced. Anywho, I don't know any of her people. I'm sure they're just as sweet as she is, but I found myself wandering around this showering aimlessly. Hence, the pictures---I had to keep myself entertained somehow.  She was super late because of some delays with a teaching test, so I literally knew no one for a long time. Ha! It was fine. Really.

By the end, all was well, I had new friends ah-plenty. Isn't that the great thing about being....dare I say....older? It's so much easier to strike up conversations and approach people. Ten years ago, I wouldn't have.  Maybe the thirties aren't all bad?

More country cuteness....

I was happy to meet up with some familiar faces after the shower and eat (what David has decided was the best ever) dinner. (Thanks again, Jackey and Kristan!) My girls played and played and it's always a photo op when this girl falls asleep in the car. That's a sure sign of a good time! 

Today Braders turned a corner. She learned to tattle on Ramsey. It is fantastic.

"Roo did it." Oh yes, Brady, we know she did 'cause sister's a mess.

Which brings me to.....The Mess.  So many stories to tell, just not enough hours in the day. How about drinking a yogurt with a straw? Why? "Because it's easier this way and I'mma busy lady!" 

State testing starts tomorrow! I don't condone high stakes tests, but dang momma works best under pressure. I have been rockin' and rollin' this year and I can't wait to see how my kids do! Bring it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

too much?

I took a few pictures of the precious babes this morning.  Then I edited.  And edited.  And edited. 
Is it my imagination or do they look plastic?
I think I should’ve drawn the line at fake mascara.  Here’s another copy of this picture minus the fake mascara, teeth whitening, and plasticness.
My niece, Kiley, is the best photographer’s assistant I could ask for.  She always gets them to smile and she’s so helpful---best of all, she’s free! 
Oh, and photo editing software---so you can make your kids look plastic, too!  I use Picasa and PicMonkey.  
Last one:  A combination of both….

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Q&A: Daddy D

It has been brought to my attention that the hubs would like a little bloggie love....and bloggie love is what I am here to provide. 

{Big D and I many, many moons ago---December 2004}

So let's have a Daddy D moment, shall we? I pretty much knew all his answers before I asked. In David's world, all roads lead to golf. 

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

This has nothing to do with the animal

If you were on death row, what would you want your last meal to be?
Apple cobbler, sonic burger and fries, cherry limeade

He's a simple man....

Favorite vacation spot?
Home. Or a golf trip.

Surprise, surprise.

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first?
A new driver
And pay off the house

How many kids do you want?


Dream job?
Or Pro golfer

Broken record, no?

Favorite day of the year?
Christmas. Not even close

Describe your perfect day.
Sleep uninterrupted until 8. Eat breakfast with wife and kids. Play with kids for an hr. 12:00 tee time. Shoot a good round. Go home. Play with kids a few hours outside. Burn some trash. Eat dinner. Shower. Put kids to bed.  Go to sleep.*

*edited for family friendliness---just sayin'

What's been your favorite age?
Each year gets better

What's the best part of being a dad? Worst? 
Happiness. Getting to spend time with and watch these girls grow every day is a treat. I feel blessed every day. Always looking forward to going home and seeing them. 

Life is too much of a routine. Not enough time to golf and not enough quality time with wife. 

Well, that pretty much sums up David Hurt. Golf, golf, and girls. There ya go. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

weekend highlights and other randoms

I was so, so happy my friend, Christina, came to town with her brand new bouncing baby girl, Maggie. Okay, I still have zero baby fever. I thought maybe Maggie May would spark an urge for a third, but nope, nada. 

We totally surprised Christina with a breakfast baby shower. She came with no make-up, morning hair, and comfy clothes thinking she was coming to have donuts with one girlfriend. Little did she know we were ALL there! Surprise!

Daddy D was playing golf so I took both girls. Lawd have mercy! They were in rare form and full of energy. They pretty much climbed all over me like a couple of spider monkeys.

We all decided to go out to eat that night---I had to salvage my socialization. Ha! This time around, I left Rams with David. Smart move. I took Brady, she and Christina's big girl, Adalynn, were absolutely perfect and I had so much fun....and so much Mexican food!

When we got home, we had a slumber party awaiting....cousins Kiley and Mason came to spent the night.  

Of course, it was Christmas in April with the cousins here all night. My girls can't get enough of those two!

In other news, Roo got her spring pictures from school. They are terribly cute....and worth every bit of the $24 I paid for 4 wallets and a 4x6. Eesh. 

Miss B's teacher at daycare french braided her hair. She looked ten kinds of cute and super old.  She's growing up!

Sunday, April 6, 2014


I follow a gaggle of photographers on Facebook.  Lately, I’ve been seeing lots of “lifestyle” pictures.  Some of them are real life, normal people playing with their disheveled kids, running around the park, etc.  Others, are gorgeous props with even more gorgeous people in gowns and such---totally not lifestyle, more like styled life. 


Today my kiddoes were playing in the dirt with their cousins---their usual.  I thought to myself, this is our “lifestyle”---kids, dirt, and the countryside.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some “styled life” pictures, and plan on taking millions of those next weekend if everything goes as planned.

I told the kids to keep playing, Roo immediately stated, “Good, we don’t have to smile!?!” 


Mason decided to be a ham when he saw my camera.  He usually runs away kicking and screaming.


Sweet Kiley---we love her.


The highlight of my time at the ‘pile….listening to Mason explain the Internet to Ramsey.  “It’s wi-fi….oh, you don’t know about wi-fi?….it’s the computer….well, it’s inside the computer….” 


My other niece, Zoe, arrived as I was finishing up, in her pajamas, fresh from a slumber party with all of 2 hours of sleep (6-8am this morning).  She was thrilled that her aunt had a camera in hand as she stepped out of the car.


Just for kicks, I took a few pictures of our house with my new lens.  I had to back up forever and ever.  I was practically in the woods just to squeeze our house in.  Okay, 50mm is really meant for small objects---got it.


I have other weekend happenings….but those pictures are on my phone.  It would be an absolute dream come true if everything could one day be streamlined.  Phone, iPad, laptop, Nikon, blog.  A girl can dream, can’t she?………..

Camp Read-A-Lot {Part 2}

So the stage was set, the gym was transformed into a campsite, the hotdogs were roasting, and the activities were a-go....and we had 20 minutes to spare. Hallelujah. 

I told Daddy D to arrive a few minutes early so I could see my gals before things got crazy. They picked out their free books and headed to the Cafeteria to be first in line. 

I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked out there were people lined up at the doors waiting to get in.  They came! They came! People actually came! 

We opened the flood gates and the people poured in. It was exactly what we had hoped for. We had no idea what to expect. We have about 400 students so we thought about half would come, maybe more, with one or two parents. We had one of our door greeters tally as people entered and she got a little less than 300. Perfect. I was so paranoid we were going to run out of food, which would've been the worst.  Big kids started with their activity while the littles went to the hotdog cookout.

About 20 minutes into it, the lower grades and their families shuttled out for activities while the big kids headed to dinner. It actually flowed really well. I was surprised. 

After activities and dinner, we had DEAR time. {DEAR=drop everything and read}

I seriously could've cried seeing ALL the parents reading to their kids. I also loved how each tent had 4 or 5 families packed inside, united in being parents and being part of this community.

My other fave was the huge campfire in the middle of the everything. And without any direction or suggestion, people sat around around it, talking, reading, doing literacy activities. I wanted to belt out Kumbaya, but, lucky for them, I refrained. 

It was a fantastic night--I can't say it enough! :)

Now---time to start planning the next one! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Camp Read-A-Lot {Part 1}

This past Thursday marked one of the greatest nights of my teaching career. I co-organized my school's very first literacy night. So how did this all begin? A few months ago, I suggested we do a literacy night in a committee meeting that I'm a part of.  My principal thought it was a great idea and put me in charge, along with a 4th grade teacher, who I'm good friends with.  We're a lot alike in our work ethic and had to make this night a success.

We brainstormed a list of themes for the event and finally settled on camping....Camp Read-A-Lot! 

Here's what we were working with---a 25 year old basketball gym. 

We had the typical school budget....$0. Ha! We used a ton of roll paper, borrowed stuff, and donations. 

We put up five huge tents and three canopies.
Top left--book pond; top right--rhyming river; bottom left--QR Campsite

Top---hostess table; bottom left---door prize table; bottom right---campfire

We made everyone pass through one of the canopies after they grabbed their door prize ticket.

Keep in mind---yes, Ashley (my co-coordinator) and I had the vision, but so many students helped make this happen. They made clouds, hung paper, and everything in between!

Pre-k through 3rd grade had two activity stations....this is the Rhyming River:

The kids pull fish from the river, trying to find two that have rhyming words on them.

My second station---S'mores! This one was the fave. It was located in the corner past the Rhyming River.  We put s'mores trail mix together and the kids filled out a sensory recording sheet.

The big kids, 4th-8th, went across the gym to the QR Campsite. It was really cute. The kids used their smart phones to scan codes located around the gym and solved riddles. They had a lot of fun....and if don't know what a QR code is---its a little bar code type thing that you can scan using a QR app and words pop up on your cell phone screen.

Okay, we also had the Cafeteria---after all, everyone got to eat a hotdog dinner.  We just covered every other table with brown paper and used cute picnic patterned plates, napkins, and cute little lanterns.

And then the people came---and boy, did they!!!  Stay tuned.....