Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tornados and Turkeys

Today was the Thanksgiving program at my little one's school. I left work to watch 3-6 year olds sing adorable songs about turkeys and then enjoy eating some turkey with my baby. I was almost to the school when the weather alarm started going off. When I arrived, all the kids were huddled in the girls' locker room riding out the storm. I think they were in there an hour or so. The kids were so good, especially considering the small space and how warm and stuffy it was.

Finally, the tornado warning expired and we were released. The kids, dressed like pilgrims and Native Americans, sang the cutest songs. I was excited to get to eat lunch with Elizabeth. It was pretty good food as far as school lunches go and we sat at the table with one of E's best friends.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


We had a little adventure today after church. We drove to Tuskegee National Forest and hiked part of the Bartam Trail. The entire trail is 8 miles but we only did a total of 2.45 miles. Bartam hiked the original trail in 1775-1776 as botanist for King George.

We had a great time! It was a great hike with fresh air. The girls could run and play wherever they wanted. We even toon a snack for our halfway point - no littering allowed! The girls used some walking sticks an clinked trees and just played. So much fun for all of us. Now I need a nap!

Friday, November 11, 2011


So thanks to Veterans Day, we were able to pick our girls up early today and start a fire. We just ate some hot dogs (roasted by my sweet girls) and are spending some great time together. There might be a few marshmallows making an appearance later.

Special thanks to all veterans (past, present, and future) for protecting our freedoms. Without you, we would not be able to enjoy free time with our families, or anything else for that matter. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday

Today was a busy day.  I got to take my daughter for her 5 year check-up and was traumatized when she asked to go home while they gave her 5 shots!  I am pretty tough, except when it comes to my girls.  Then I can be an emotional wreck.  I for the second day in a row, I got to drive my girls to school which was fun.

Also, today, I spent my first real day of planning for their Christmas dresses.  I went to lunch alone, which I really kind of like, and did some calculations about fabric for their dresses.  The plan right now is to make 2 jumpers with a single ruffle, then a simple white shirt if I have time.  I have two options for this dress:  make a solid skirt with coordinating bodice and ruffle, or a striped skirt.  This pattern is one I bought from and I love how easy the directions are.  Perfect for a working mom!  I am not sure what fabric to use yet as I will need some much needed input from the girls.  They are both pretty opinionated!

Tonight, I was pretty excited to see my new Runner's World magazine in the mailbox.  I always renew my subscription in the school magazine sale so I can never remember how many issues I miss between my last issue and the renewal.  This is the reader's issue so I hope to read a lot of articles about regular runners like myself.  Don't get me wrong, I love the advice and personal stories of more elite runners but it is nice to know there might be others out there like me.  Maybe someone who struggles to get out there with a crazy life or people with health issues who persevere and run anyway.  Running is truly for anyone who is willing to try.  I may not be an awesome runner, but running gives me peace, improves my health, and gives me something to strive for.  Here is a pic from the October 1st Montgomery Half Marathon.  My husband and I both participated and thought it was a great event!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thanksgiving, back in the day

Today, I went to a great place named American Village (near Montevallo, Alabama) with my third grader and her class.  I don't go on many field trips thanks to my job but being a history lover, I was super excited about this one.  We had a great time!  Our group were pilgrims who traveled with Miles Standish on the Mayflower to America.  The leaders were very good and stayed in character the whole time.  We met many pilgrims besides Standish and also met Massosoit, the Indian Chief who helped the pilgrims survive.  The kids all seemed to love it.  I would love to go back some time when we could see a program on the Revolutionary War.  

Since I work full-time, I really enjoyed having an afternoon and longer evening to spend with my girls.  I was able to drive them to school today and pick them up.  Kind of refreshing.  Not sure why but I have decided to try blogging....again.  I have tried this 2 other times in the past but could never get consistent with it before life got in the way.  Let's see how long this lasts.  And if I get tired of it, at least I have gotten a little written therapy out of the way before I start something new.  I think my third grader is just as excited as I am so there may be a few posts from her!