Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring break wrap-up

We had the perfect spring break doing absolutely nothing!  We really spent the time relaxing, hanging out with family and friends, and going on dates.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  Can’t wait for summer!

My little helper, she’s a natural on the computer Winking smile 


Spending time with Uncle Matty




Brooks says, “Happy birthday, Aunt Amanda!”


Oh, you know, just standing up


Anniversary dinner at Melting Pot


St Patrick’s Day!


Brandon and Lyndsey’s wedding


Sleepy girl


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St Patrick’s Day!


An old Irish blessing for my friends…

May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

1,095 days ago…

Or 3 years ago Matty and I got married! 


I CANNOT believe it’s already been 3 years, this time has FLOWN by!  I can honestly say I love him SO much more today than I ever have.  We’re in a really good place in our marriage and have truly worked this year on making it a partnership

We’re spending the day with Brooks and have reservations tonight at the same place we went last year, The Melting Pot.  Yum.

Love you Mattypoo, always and forever. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Teacher of the Year!

I got the surprise of my life this morning during 1st period when my ENTIRE family showed up and my principal presented me with the Teacher of the Year award!  I was SHOCKED not only to win, but that the staff was thoughtful enough to call my family and arrange for them to be there with me this morning.  My kids ohhed and awed over Brooks and we got lots of great pics.  Matt’s taking me to Chick-fil-A tonight to celebrate!
The whole crew entering my tiny t-shack, I was so surprised!
Thanks to my family for waking up WAY too early to be with me.  Love you!

Monday, March 7, 2011

On my nightstand

For as much as I read I really should do more book reviews.  Seeing as I just finished a thrilling series I thought now would be a good time to dive in!


Suzanne Collins, you sucked me in!  I’ve seen so many of my students reading these books this year and after a STRONG recommendation from our reading teacher I decided they would be my first purchase on my new Kindle!  It’s taken me all of 2 weeks to get through these 3 books and there were several nights I had to MAKE myself put the book down and go to sleep or I would have a pulled an all-nighter to keep reading!

The Hunger Games is about a post-apocalyptic America, ruled by the Capitol, that forces 2 kids, ages 12-18, from each “district” to fight to the death each year for entertainment.  It sounds really violent but Suzanne Collins does a really good job focusing on the role of government and love story without getting too gory. 

You will fall in love with Peeta and cheer on Katniss through the arena.  Without giving away too many details, Catching Fire and Mockingjay continue the story of Panem and the journey their government takes them on.  If you are looking for a good book and have some free time I highly recommend these books!

After literally RUNNING into school the morning after I finished Hunger Games and RAVING to the reading teacher who recommended it to me, I was asked by our librarian to lead a student book club at school to discuss the book.  You would not believe the response I got!  We had to split the group up because there were too many kids!  The group I ended up with really had some mature thoughts on the book and the role of government in their lives.  I had so much fun talking to the kids and fully plan on leading another group on Catching Fire soon. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Brooxie Kate’s baptism

I can’t believe I let a whole 7 days pass by without posting about BKC’s baptism!  Busy week.  Last Sunday Matt and I and the Carter family stood with Brooks as she was baptized into the church.  Is she not just the CUTEST little thing you’ve ever seen?!?


Her little diamond necklace was a gift from Mama Jo at Christmas and her dress was the same dress Laura and I wore when we were baptized.  How sweet is that?!? 






After we promised to raise her in the church the pastor walked her up and down the aisle to the church could promise the same for her.  The people in the picture about, Rev. Dan and his wife, Suzanne, Sherrill walked her back to the front to symbolize the churches promise to Brooks.  This was special because they have been so very supportive to my family and Laura over the last year.  Rev Sherrill was also the pastor who married me and Matt!




Typical Mama Jo, not looking at the camera



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Our new nephew!

Welcome to the world Mason Robert McDaniel!  Congrats to Stephanie and Robby, he is a doll!