Sunday, November 25, 2007

Movie Time

Okay, so I love movies. Not as much as my cousin, Michael, who I expect to be a movie critic one day. He has his own system to rate them and everything. We usually head to the movies on Saturday afternoons (we have found that evening movie crowds tend to be inconsiderate of other movie patrons). Anyway, over the long holiday weekend I got to see two great movies. I don't usually promote movies but these two I really enjoyed and think most people will as well.

The first was Enchanted by Disney. I have always loved fairy tales so when you add Patrick Dempsey (hello Dr. McDreamy!) you can bet I will be there. It is a very "cute" movie. I loved Amy Adams as the princess, she does a great job with all the princess mannerisms. We laughed A LOT.

The second we saw was August Rush. This is one for those music lovers out there. The story is great and the music is superb. I have always enjoyed movie soundtracks and can't wait to get this one as well. The kid who plays the little boy is wonderful.

Along with going to see movies this week I also bought Hairspray which is a favorite from the summer. So, hope you had a great holiday weekend and if you get a chance check out these great family movies.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Did you get enough turkey?

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving. Ours was spent enjoying my mom's awesome cooking and good family time. We spent the day at my parents house with our friend Alicia. I love eating turkey but only on Thanksgiving. After that I am finished, no more thank you.
Since today is Black Friday we decided to see how much damage we could do. We usually are up early hitting the stores at 5am. This year we decided that there wasn't anything worth getting up that early for. I really enjoyed sleeping late and still getting some shopping in. I did get some Christmas gifts which is always a good thing. I also got me some things :)
We are now enjoying a nice warm fire since it actually is cold outside (thank goodness). I ordered our Christmas cards and we have finished decorating for the Christmas holidays. It has been a busy three days off so far. I am looking forward to the weeks leading up to Christmas. We have many holiday plans and I can't wait to get started so here is an early MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Founder's Day

Last night I celebrated Tri Delta's Founders Day with my mom, sister and many alumnae and friends. For those of you who weren't in a sorority you may find this cheesy... be warned :)

One of my best college experiences was being a part of Tri Delta at Baylor. There were incredible girls to learn many new things from and share friendships with. I have especially loved catching up with many in the blogging world. It has also been great to reconnect with sisters through the alum chapter and community of Waco. For three years I served as the alum advisor and was in constant amazement at college women who went above and beyond to love and help their sisters, serve the community, fit in studying, and have fun.

Tri Delta was founded on Thanksgiving Eve in 1888. Who knew that the women who met to form a new sisterhood would influence me so many years later. One very special part of being a Tri Delta is that my sister and mom are both members. It is always fun celebrating being sisters in such an incredible organization. This year my sister is serving as the Waco alum president and my mom and I are helping out as well. I enjoyed giving the welcome last night and look forward to continuing my work with this amazing group of women.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Baylor Day

As you know I have the priveledge of going on most field trips with my school. I have been to more museums that I can keep up with and to the zoo a billion times (okay maybe not that much but really when it's 80 4 year olds ya wonder). Every now and then I get to plan my own field trip. The great thing about being a counselor is I get to talk to the kids about preparing for their future. I LOVE talking about college and all the options that are out there for these kids.
So I got to take our 4th grade students on a trip to Baylor. One might think, you live in Waco what's so special about going to visit BU? Well, for my children going across town to Baylor is a VERY big deal. 99% of them had never been on campus, any college campus for that matter, even though we have 3 in Waco.
Anyway, the kids were excited and I was a bit nervous (88 students 7 teachers ratio is always a little stressful). We started off with getting to see the bears, Lady and Joy. I hadn't seen them as active as they were that morning. A member of Chamber, "Anything for Baylor", spoke to the kids about the bears and why we have them. The students loved watching them as did I. Then we split up into two groups to have a tour of campus. My tour group was lead by a member of Tri Delta that I knew when I was their advisor so that was fun. Erin did a wonderful job at telling the kids about college life and answering all their questions. I loved hearing the wonder in their voice about college classes and the fun stuff too. I even managed a pic with Judge Baylor and my great friend Karen, who is a 4th grade teacher :)

When we finished with the tour (after stopping by the SLC which they were totally wowed by) we headed to Cameron park for a picnic which was great. Then we went back to Baylor to hear the BU symphony orchestra. They were amazing and the kids really enjoyed it. As many of you know I LOVE music so this was a special treat for me.

As part of being in 4th and 5th grade in McLennan county you get to attend this concert. They do it 3 times in one day at Waco Hall to accomodate everyone. That's a lot of kids!! The cool thing was at our performance I saw my nephew, Andrew, who is in 4th grade at another school. It was so fun to see him!! I think his teachers were a bit weary, as I would be, but we did manage a picture.

So needless to say we had a great time and I loved showing my kids around the great school that is Baylor. Many now say they want to go to Baylor so that is a step in the right direction!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Family Time

This Saturday we were able to enjoy some great family time with the Davis' family. We headed up to McKinney to see Mickey and Kirby (Steve's sister and brother-in-law) and Eric and Jennifer (Mickey's son and wife). It is hard for me to call Eric my nephew since he is older than me, a twist in our family :) Elyssa kept us laughing with her fun energy. Oh to be 5 again! We also had the chance to visit with Jennifer's parents from Sweetwater as well. Her mom is a guidance counselor as well so we had lots to talk about.

It was great to see everyone again! The last time we were all together was at Eric and Jennifer's wedding this past June. They are both coaches in Frisco so you can imagine how busy their fall has been. We look forward to seeing Eric coach some bball games this spring. It was so fun to get to know Jennifer better. We had a great time talking and catching up on the world of education.

Since Mickey and Kirby live in Amarillo (about 7 hours from Waco) we try to see them at least a few times each year. The past two times have been in locations other than Amarillo which makes it easier for us to see them. We always spend New Year's with Steve's family which has been a wonderful Christmas treat and something that we look forward to doing again this year!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Happy Homecoming

Well, this past weekend was filled with a fun Baylor Saturday. I have always enjoyed attending homecoming activities and am so glad to be in Waco where I can still participate. We missed out on the bonfire due to my allergies (thanks Waco :) My mom, sister and niece got up bright and early to attend the Tri Delta breakfast. It was fun to see so many familiar faces and I enjoyed catching up with friends. We then headed to see the parade and meet the boys. My parents international student, Faye, joined us and was amazed at everything. She had never seen anything like it so that was extra fun.

Steve's brother and nephew came up for the game. I skipped and went to my nephews peewee game (much more fun). The boys came home and were able to fix our wireless router which made me oh so happy. I love being able to play on the laptop anywhere in the house, thank goodness for technology and for Mike and Nathan!!!

We wrapped up the weekend with a great Sunday at church and a wonderful dinner with our home group. It helped me to get ready for a busy week at school. Only 10 more school days till Thanksgiving break, yea!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A happy halloween

I hope everyone had a fun evening with dressing up and eating candy. I didn't really get to do either but I did wear my orange pumpkin shirt to school. That was as close to dressing up as I could do. I was never very good at coming up with costumes. Guess I will have to work on that once we have kids to dress up!

Steve had to teach class, bummer. He was sad to miss handing out candy at the house. I was very glad that one family stopped by after he returned home from teaching. I think it made his night :) I loved seeing my nephews and niece in their cute costumes. This was the first year we have been in the same town for Halloween so it was fun to do some trick or treating with them. They had tons of fun and now have plenty of candy to last them till Christmas.

I spent some time working at church at the fall festival. It is chaotic but so much fun for the kids. There is always so much to do it just amazes me. I can't wait to take our child! I enjoyed sharing booth time with Kelly and her special family.