Showing posts from September, 2010

Too Tired for WIWW

FYI: I'm writing this as it happens, but I won't post it until I announce this publicly . . . so this will be an old post by the time anyone gets to read it, but I wanted to write about it anyway!

Okay - I was going to do What I Wore Wednesday this week, really I was. I even took the pictures every day (since I do that anyway). But I'm just so TIRED!!! So I took a 3 hour nap instead today. You will have to forgive me - I promise my clothes weren't that outstanding. I'm starting to be limited by clothing that doesn't show my "pooch" - especially since people often asked me if I was pregnant when I wasn't I'm trying to be extra careful. I don't want to have to lie to anyone!

Not to belabor the point, but I am TIRED! I can barely keep my eyes open right now, and I just got up from my nap! Even though I am not experiencing morning sickness (yet), this fatigue is about to do me in! I push through school, with only the promise of a nap at…

Guess What?

FYI: I'm writing this as it happens, but I won't post it until I announce this publicly . . . so this will be an old post by the time anyone gets to read it, but I wanted to write about it anyway!

We went to Alabama this weekend to see my sister and her family. Her kids are all involved in a variety of activities. . . On Friday night, we went to the local high school football game to watch my niece, Leeana, play in the marching band. Saturday morning was filled with (very hot) soccer games for Benjamin and Brock. However, the true purpose of going to Alabama was to share the news of my pregnancy!

I had it all planned out. I wanted to tell them in a creative way, so I searched for some ideas online. I decided I was going to gather them for a family picture, and then, instead of "Say Cheese" I would say, "Say Courtney is having a baby!" then be able to snap a picture of their first responses.

They just said it and smiled! Rana said later that she was thi…

My Thoughts on the NYC Mosque Controversy

I have some thoughts on the controversy, but my thoughts don't matter much. What the Bible says DOES matter though.
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:43-48)

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." (Luke 6:27-28)

"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your…


I LOVE What I Wore Wednesdays! It's so much fun to look back and reflect on what I wore, get feedback, and see what other people are wearing at The Pleated Poppy. If you aren't already, join the fun!
Thursday - School Skirt: Goodwill Shirt: Target Shoes: Crocs  (Love these shoes! I walked one of my classes to the elementary school down the street for my students to read to PK, K, and 1st grade classes, and these were SO comfortable for the walk!) I have a confession -- my dogs pose with me because they are so used to me having Carlos take my picture every morning. I did this long before I discovered WIWW. . . I know I'm a dork, but this is how I keep up with what I wore. I organize the pics into different files on my computer such as August_School, Winter Clothes, Favorites, etc. I find this is much easier than trying to remember what I wore last week and hoping I don't wear the exact same outfit to church two weeks in a row. Also, when I can't find anything to wea…

One Size Fits All Education

I mostly teach students who struggle in school. They may be below reading level, they may have issues at home that distract them from school, they may be what you would traditionally call "trouble-makers." Every day I see them get more and more discouraged by a system that is failing them. And I don't mean my specific school system, which does more than any other system I've worked in to meet individual student needs, but the entire education system in America as a whole.

Today, one of my boys told me he just wants to drop out. He is discouraged because he is failing several classes and doesn't know what he can do to catch up. He says I am the only one who helps him. What he doesn't understand is that his academic teachers have 200+ students that they see every day, and there isn't time to sit with him one-on-one. What I don't understand is why someone who wants to go into construction (like his dad) has to take 4 years of English, Science, and…

Grandparents Day

FYI: I'm writing this as it happens, but I won't post it until I announce this publicly . . . so this will be an old post by the time anyone gets to read it, but I wanted to write about it anyway!

So today was the day I told my parents that I was pregnant. I probably would have waited a bit longer, but it was such perfect news to share on Grandparents Day, I had to do it.

We went to their house for dinner after church, which isn't that abnormal, and then when we were sitting around talking, I gave my mom a Grandparents Day card and a package. When she opened the card, she said, "I'm not your grandparent." So I told her to open the package. Inside, wrapped in tissue paper was a positive pregnancy test.

I think she was surprised!

Then she went to show it to my dad.

It was a good day!


FYI: I'm writing this as it happens, but I won't post it until I announce this publicly . . . so this will be an old post by the time anyone gets to read it, but I wanted to write about it anyway!

I am beginning to think that I should have had kids in my early 20s when I was too stupid to know anything. Because I'm older I'm so much more AWARE of the many things to worry about. I'm aware of all the things that are now out of my control (not that too many things are in my control now). For example, I have this creature growing inside of me and I have no control over whether it will be a viable pregnancy, whether it will be a boy or a girl, whether it will be healthy and whole. . . the list goes on and on. I'm beginning to think this is just the beginning of a huge loss of control in my life!

In addition to those worries, I am already trying to research the safety of sonograms, organic vs. non-organic crib mattresses, cord storage, and vaccinations. I'm wo…

Labor Day Laziness - What I Wore

I had a WONDERFUL Labor Day weekend! It involved a LOT of relaxation, time with my hubby, time with friends, and some work in the yard. So this edition of "What I Wore Wednesday" is MUCH more casual than most weeks are!

First, last Thursday and this Tuesday at school:

After MANY comments on the navy dress last week, I wore it to school!
This is my friend Nicole's dress - I'm not sure where it is from.
I put my belt and shoes with it though.

White shirt - Target
Brown plaid pants - Target
Clogs - hand-me-down from my friend Vicki

Now for the casual weekend clothes. These clothes were worn running errands for the building of a chicken coop (more on that here) and to my friend's farm (see here). All other times I was in pjs or grubby work clothes at the house.

Outfit #1:
Shirt and shorts from Goodwill. I like them both, but not together after seeing this picture. Also, the shirt hangs kind of funny - and looks like a maternity shirt. …

Shocking Discovery

FYI: I'm writing this as it happens, but I won't post it until I announce this publicly . . . so this will be an old post by the time anyone gets to read it, but I wanted to write about it anyway!

So, on Monday (Labor Day), I discovered I was pregnant. It was quite by surprise actually. I was only one day late (which isn't abnormal for me), but I wanted to take the new digital pregnancy test I had gotten at CVS (on sale + coupon + Extra Rewards!) the day before. You know, the one that says "Pregnant" or "Not pregnant" instead of a line or plus or whatever. I was completely expecting it to say NOT and it just be a waste of a test. I actually walked away from it for a minute and forgot about it. BUT, when I walked back to it . . .

Literally, I couldn't breathe. I was shaking when I went to Carlos' office and just stared at him. I stuttered the news to him and handed him the test. He laughed, but he takes things in stride better than I do…

Down on the Farm

Okay, contrary to what anyone would have ever thought, I am quickly becoming a "farm girl"!  Carlos is building a chicken coop, and after a visit to my friend's farm on Sunday for a bonfire, I am now in love with goats.
We are researching Nigerian dwarf goats for the milk. All that to say, we only live on one acre, so we are trying to figure out how to "homestead" on that amount of land!!! We'll see how we do!

Chicken Adventures: Part 1

We have chickensBut right now they are homeless. They need a chicken coop. It sounds like a Farmville request on Facebook, but this is for real! We have had a tree house in the backyard since we bought our house. At first we thought it was a hunting stand, but were told by neighbors it had been built as a tree house for the kids who lived their 20+ years ago.
Carlos decided it would be perfect to convert into a chicken coop, but first he had to get it out of the tree.
Once it was on its roof, it had to be transported to its destination - at the BACK of the yard!
With the help of a neighbor, Carlos drove it to the back of the yard and attempted all types of physics to get it right side up.
No matter what they did, the treehouse just didn't want to right itself. They decided to leave it on its side. Carlos told me he is going to take it apart and rebuild it. I guess that will be Part 2 of this adventure!


What I'm addicted to:
1. Facebook
2. Diet Coke
3. Thrift store shopping
4. Blogging
5. Sleeping

What I wish I were addicted to:
1. Helping others
2. Encouraging everyone I come into contact with
3. Reading the Bible
4. Exercising
5. Gardening (This probably won't ever happen - I keep killing my plants!)

A Week in Another Woman's Wardrobe

I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy - go check out every one else's clothes too!! :)

So this week, my friend Nicole volunteered to let me borrow a bunch of her clothes - I was so excited - she dresses so cute! :) Some things worked out great, some things not so much - here is the nitty gritty:

Failed Outfits

#1 - I am larger around the "bottom" than Nicole is, so this outfit seemed to accentuate all the wrong things. Even though she included some adorable accessories, I didn't wear this outfit out. (I did wear the earrings several times with other outfits though!)

#2 - Because of the tie on the skirt, I didn't feel like this shirt looked good with the skirt. I felt it added more bulk than I needed, and since people already ask me if I'm pregnant all the time (see posts here and here), I decided to avoid it altogether. I did break up this outfit below and I ended up wearing both pieces separately.

Worked as separates - combined with my own clothe…