Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Matthew's teacher wanted Matthew to bring in pictures of the raccoon. Then he decided to take pictures of things around the house that are important to him. This is a brief look @ that.

Rupert makes a friend

This movie is about Rupert, my cat, meeting Herbert. I really wanted to use the Mission Impossible theme song but it would not play no matter what I did.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Balloons part two

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Ok, it's was HOT. Very HOT. When I get hot, I get irritated & tired. Needless to say, I was both. The Youth decide that they want to GO BACK to the festival at night when the balloons are back. Great! (suppress an eye roll) This time D accompanies us. This time however, we decide to just meet @ the V-Plex instead of meeting @ the church first. Rebeka is already over there in line (THANK GOD!) when we get there @ 1830. We actually broke in line w/ her (i still feel really bad about that) so that we could ride the tethered balloon. Then more youth come & they break in line too. Yes, this is a Christian youth group and evidently we are line breakers too. So we all, (except D), rode up in a balloon about 20 ft & then back down again. It lasted about 30 seconds. I won't tell you how I had to get my short little legs in & out of that basket. After the balloons were over we took Georgia & Ann out to eat at Iron Horse BBQ. Then around 9P something, we made it home. Then back to church on Sun to teach sunday school. whew!

Ballons Part one

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The Wesley Chapel youth group took a trip to the West GA hot air balloon festival on Aug 8th. We were told that there would be hot air balloons, tethered balloon rides, mobile Braves, Hawks, Thrashers experience, etc. We arrive at the church around 0830 so we can eat & then drive to the V-Plex. We arrive at the V-Plex a little around 930A & it's already HOT. So, we're looking around for balloons - it is the hot air balloon festival after all. So far we don't see any. We start too look around & there is the braves mobile experience, hair & face painting, some food vendors, old timey tractors, and the moon walk & slide. That's about it. Where are the balloons? We are at the hot air balloon festival right? Turns out the balloons weren't going to be there 'til 7P!! Arugh! I can't believe that. Thank's a lot VR for publishing the schedule of events so we know what time to show up.

We youth decide to head back to the church to eat lunch & play board games 'til 1430 when parents would come to pick up their kids.....

Stupid Balloons!

Stars n Strikes


On Wed, Aug 5 I found out that there is a special @ the Dallas Stars n Strikes bowling alley. We could bowl for $.97 cents per person + shoe rental. So we piled up in the car & went to the bowling alley. It's really awesome w/ lots of lanes; they even have dedicated Cosmic lanes. They also have an arcade, laser tag, & bumper cars. We got a great deal on lunch - the lunch menu was $50% off, so D & I got hambergers & fries for $2 a piece! We had a fun time!
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Vader hooping



These are some of the antics Matthew provides me w/. He comes out of this bedroom grinning like a Cheshire cat in his Vader outfit & starts hooping. He also likes to hoop naked. Want pictures of that too?
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hi, my name's Nicole & I'm a loser

Ok, so after a series of false starts and dodging obstacles, I finally graduated from college. WHOO HOO! What a day. Not too shabby of an accomplishment.

Now, there are no jobs....No jobs anywhere. I just found out that my last prospect has been filled & the lady doesn't even remember receiving my application. Which I HAND DELIVERED! So, if there isn't an application, I can't even be considered for a job.

That application required me to fill out several essay's. I stayed up late to finish filling all that out....grrrr.....& she didn't even GET the application! I had to go out & BUY a report cover! I'm SO frustrated.

It turns out that my resume/portfolio/application sat on the wrong desk for 2 wks, so the head master never even saw my application. It was there, just delivered to the wrong spot.

So now I'm a college graduate w/ no job & no prospects. D is breathing down my neck to find a job doing SOMETHING, & I've ALREADY applied for 15 other jobs at Drugstores, Autoparts stores, and etc. Nobody is calling.....

My checking account balance is $0.78 & my savings is -$5.21. I thought I would have a job when I graduated & I wouldn't have to deal w/ this anymore....I'm sad & angry

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sponge Cloud

I have been having a "crick" in my neck lately. I am happy to announce that I convinced D to buy me a new pillow. I love this pillow! This morning, while lying in the bed,in the moments when you first start to wake up but aren't quite conscious, I decided what my pillow felt like. It feels like a beautiful sponge cloud....Sponge cloud, I love you. I haven't had neck cricks for 2 whole days now! And now we have a new member to our family....a pillow named Sponge Cloud.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

13 years

13 years ago today, D & I got married. How are we going to celebrate it? We are going to use a BOGO coupon to go to Medieval Times!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ethan & Matthew's Adventures

This week Ethan has gone to Jekyll Island 4H camp. Ethan will be doing so much this week, including going out on a shrimper boat, meeting the Coast Guard, and performing a shark dissection.

Matthew is spending the week attending the Villa Rica day camp at gold dust park. Today he visited the Pine Mountain Gold Museum and went panning for minerals & went on a hike. On Friday he will be go to the Midtown water park in Carrollton.

In two weeks, both Ethan & Matthew will attend the Gold Dust day camp. Their field trips will include the Turner Field tour and a trip to White Water in addition to going back to the Midtown water park twice. Then it's back to school!

I'm still looking for a job....keep praying.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I'll post our zoo outing as well as our Adventure in Apple Mountain soon -

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pickett's Mill

Today we went to Pickett's Mill historic site.
This was the 145th anniversary of the battle. There were several actors dressed up in replica suits. It was pretty cool, all in all.

There were also several flags that were displayed from both confederate on the left,and union troops on the right. I thought that I had taken more pictures of flags....but I didn't.

We walked around the Blue Loop, which is 1.5 miles. The kids & I were a bit tired & sweaty after it all. I don't know how those soldiers did it in the wool suits & 40 lbs packs! Whew! It really makes you have more appreciation for their hard work & air conditioning.

On the loop we saw the corn & wheat fields where battles were fought. Also the area where Pickett's Mill was. We saw trenches where the confederate troops had dug in for a defensive position. We even saw some defensive lines (replicated of course) where troops had constructed them from trees. It was really great to be able to imagine how things were 145 yrs ago. Then we jumped in the van & blasted the a/c all the way home.


On May 2o, 21, & 22, E & M started having their award ceremonies.

E won awards for being on the A/B honor all year, reading one million plus words, and participating in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. This was the first time that a Carroll County School even placed in the bowl & they came in 3rd! Pretty Awesome huh?

M won an award for running the most laps of any first grader. He ran 68.5 laps for the year. 9 laps = 1 mile. WOW! M also won an award for being a best friend to everyone. On the last day of school, M participated in a Reader's Theater of sorts. I'm going to have him record his lines in a podcast so that we can keep them for posterity. Stay tuned for that!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rear Window

If you have read my profile, you'll see that Rear Window is one of my favorite movies. Guess what? It came on yesterday & I told Ethan he needed to watch it b/c it is so good. You should have seen his little face when he clutched it during some of the more tense moments in this classic Alfred Hitchcock movie. He even thought Grace Kelly was pretty! We both enjoyed watching the movie.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I changed the comments so that anyone can reply. Hopefully, I won't get some anonomyous weirdos that comment.

Rainy Days = No Soccer

Matthew had a game scheduled on Sat. & even though it was raining, the coach assured us that the game would go on. We drove up there & then - it was canceled. But I took pictures anyway!
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Summer Plans

So this summer we want to try to visit the Tellus Science Museum, Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari, The Little White House (& other historic sites), Cave Spring,(swim in the lake that is shaped like GA) John Tanner State Park, and The Coca-Cola Science Center. Does any one else know of any other neat place to visit?

Current Pictures


Ok, here is a collage of the most recent pictures off my camera. Most of you know I graduated on May 9th - yeah! So those pictures are there. Also from when the kids & I went to Etowah Indian mounds & to the outdoor adventure day in Helen. I'm going to send you a link to all of the current pictures. Don't forget that you can click on the collage to see a more upclose version. From here on out I'm going to try to just include pictures from current activities.
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Here is a collage of some misc. pictures that I have. I am new the the picasa program but I hope to add more photos soon to share with family. I hope that this will be a good way to keep up with what we are doing. You can click on the collage so see a bigger picture of it.
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Why a blog?

oh, I forgot - I made this blog as a class assignment but I think that I'd like to keep it & post pics of our family outings this summer. I'd like to play around w/ the blog & learn how to make it better. Some family & friends live far away & I don't think that we keep in touch as much as we should. Hopefully, this blog will remedy that problem.

Google Free services

ok, so google has a TON of free services. Do we know what they all do? How many of us use them? I think that we need to start using some of these free services.

155 yrs of Wesley Chapel

here's another tidbit, Wesley Chapel is celebrating it's 155th yr on sunday. I don't know how good their website is but I needed to remember how to make a post w/ a hyperlink in it.


ok, so today I signed up with Twitter. I think that concept takes too much time. i want to learn what a rss feed is & how to embed it on this blog. I have to find a job & make plans for my classroom.