Friday, June 28, 2013

these two...

I got a phone call yesterday about my niece and nephew. Apparently, our nephew has bowels that are severely obstructed, and the waste is backed up almost into his stomach, which could be a very big problem. He is currently on medication, and has an appointment at Riley's next week. Our niece got a tiny piece of glass stuck in her foot that no one knew about. My sister-in-law noticed a line of rash shooting up her leg. At the doctor, she tested positive for MRSA and Staff infections. She is having a minor surgery to remove the glass today.

Needless to say, if you're reading this and are praying folk, send up a prayer for these two. They're too young, too sweet, and too gosh darn cute to have to deal with yucky stuff like this.

Love you Caleb and Lydia.

xoxo, Aunt Lisa & Uncle Ty.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

rainy days and giant post-its

Yesterday started out pretty yucky.
But I loved it.
I love rainy summer days, where I can turn off the air conditioner, open the windows, and listen to the rain falling.
Bubba loves it too.

 He laid there all morning, just begging me to let him out there.

Once the rain ended, I decided to go out and do some damage.

I headed out to Michael's and Office Max. Two stores I purposely don't go to very often because of all the money I'll spend. (I have kind of an unhealthy obsession with office supplies...) I did pretty good though, because this was all I had when I got home.

What are those giant blue things, you ask? Why, those are GIANT POST-ITS! I think I actually made an audible noise when I saw these in the store. Theses will be perfect for school. I can make lots of charts about what we're learning on them and they'll stick to the walls! I think I just died and went to sticky note heaven.

The rest of my day was spent keeping up on the housework and reading. A couple notes on those things:

Housework: I become a much better wife in the summer months. I actually keep the house very clean, and I do pretty much all of the inside stuff so that Ty doesn't have to do anything after work. He remarked the other day, "Maybe you should be a stay-at-home-wife, because this is awesome!"

Reading: I've been on summer vacation for a little less than 3 weeks. Today I'll be finishing my SEVENTH book in that time frame. I've been a reading machine, since I don't get much time to read during the school year. I typically sit down with a book after dinner, while Ty is at a sporting event or playing his video game, and I'll read until the wee hours of the morning. That's another thing. During the school year, I go to bed no later than 10:00. And it's wayyyy earlier than that at the beginning of the year. But during the summer, when I can sleep in until 8:00 or 8:30, I stay up until midnight or 1. Ty's not sure what to do with himself, because he's used to me always being the one who goes to bed first, and now it's the other way around.

Anyway, that was my day yesterday. On the menu for today...TARGET. Oh no...

xoxo, wife.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Pets

Name: Abby
Age: 6
Nicknames: Abs, Abbers, Abby Mae, Obbys, Big Girl, Baby Girl, Bebe
Favorite activities: Going for walks, camping out under the bed, eating ice cubes, cuddling with daddy, scratching her itches, wrestling, whining at people who don't pay attention to her, visiting her grandparents, waiting for humans to drop food on the ground, and sleeping.

Name: Bubba
Age: 4
Nicknames: Bubs, Bubby, Boo Boo, Bubba Boo, Big Man, Bob, Bubby Boo Boo
Favorite activities: Playing fetch, eating treats, smacking Abby, sleeping in weird positions, digging in couch cushions, darting from one room to another for no apparent reason, playing under blankets, laying by open windows, biting human feet, playing with milk rings, and being pet on his head.

Monday, June 24, 2013

summer down.

I've got a lot of stuff I want to get accomplished this summer.
And I'm a list-maker by nature.
So I made a list of the stuff I want to get done.
(Mostly because I LOVE crossing things off a list.)

**Interesting fact: I posted this list on Instagram. I had a request from a follower to turn my handwriting into a font...I thought that was quite a compliment!

Anyway, I wanted to get to work and check one of these things off the list. So I decided to organize my jewelry. I have this nice, big jewelry box, but unfortunately most of my jewelry was just laying all around the guest bedroom. On the floor, on the bed, on TOP of the jewelry it was time to remedy the situation.

I'm ALMOST ashamed to admit that this wasn't even all of it.

It's now all in the actual jewelry box, and the guest bedroom is thanking me for having it's floor back.
Goal #1...check!

xoxo, wife.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

things that are making me happy lately.

Lately I've noticed how completely content I am with life.
Especially now that it's summer.
Of course, there are still things I have to worry about, like cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, etc.
You know, the usual.
But I've just been reveling in how blissful life is lately.
Here are some of the things that are making me extra happy as of late.

-- Super sweet texts from my hubby.

--Getting out of bed in the mornings around 8am and going directly to the couch, where I lay watching morning shows until around 9.

--Baby bunnies that Ty found in a hole in our yard while he was mowing. There were three at the time, but I've seen the mother nursing 4 in our backyard lately.

--The fact that I went to the library 8 days ago, and am almost done with my third book since then. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE summer vacation??

--These two. It's interesting to get a little insight into their daily routine, now that I'm home during the day. This daily routine consists of sleeping. Perhaps playing for about 20 seconds...then sleeping some more.

--Spending time each day with God, reading His word and taking notes on some great devotions.

--My ADORABLE new word wall letters. For those of you who don't know what word walls are, let me briefly explain. Each letter of the alphabet is hung on the wall, and you stick words under those letters that the kids are learning in class, so they have a resource to look at if they need to know how to spell a certain word. I use my word mostly for sight words--those words that are extremely common, but that you can't phonetically sound out (ex: some, out.) Can't wait to hang these up!

I've really enjoyed taking some time these last couple weeks to just realize how happy I am. How good our life is. How blessed my little family is. And I'm extremely thankful.

xoxo, wife.

Friday, June 21, 2013

gone girl.

I just finished the book, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
I read the whole thing in about 3 days.
Once I got about 50 pages in, I couldn't put it down.

I've never been one to "see what's coming" in a book or movie.
I honestly never even think ahead. I think it's more fun to be in the moment, and figure out the twists when the author wants me to. And I have to say...I would have NEVER seen the twist in this book coming! I'm sure other people probably did...but I guess I'm not as smart as them. I was constantly switching sides between the characters, and by the end of the book, I hated EVERY single character. Not sure how I could enjoy a book so much when I hated everyone in it...but I guess you have to read the book to understand.

I'm also a pretty quiet reader. But this book had me gasping out loud and making all sorts of noises in reaction to what I was reading. I was constantly like, "Ahh! Ty, you're never going to believe what just happened!" Poor guy...he didn't check the book out from the library. But he knows pretty much the whole story now.

The one complaint I have about this book is the amount of times the author used the F word. I'm not a huge swearer...unless I hurt myself or am REALLY angry, but it doesn't really bother me when other people do, or when I read it in a book. But the F word was SO prevalent in this book, that at times it would distract me from the content. I'm sure the author used it to make the characters seem "harder," or whatever...but to me, it didn't make them seem hard. It made them seem a little unrealistic. I mean, who really uses the F word THAT often??

Anyway, if you don't mind the F word, or the occasional vulgar sex scene, I'd definitely recommend this book. I'm going to be looking into the other 2 books Flynn has written, because I loved this one so much.

If you read it, let me know what you think!

xoxo, wife.


For the last two years, I had this HUGE classroom. Perfect for 26 five-year-olds.
That classroom is now going to be a second grade classroom, and I'm moving downstairs.
To the dungeon.
No, really.
It's a dungeon. It even looks like one.
As if moving to the dungeon isn't bad enough, the new classroom I'm moving to is HALF the size of my old one.
And I'll still have the same amount of kids as normal. 25-26.
I've stressed over it, cried over it, complained about it, and argued with my principal about it. I lost the argument. I'm moving downstairs.
I normally don't set up my classroom this early in the summer, but since my new room is so much smaller, I was worried about everything fitting.
So I dragged my mom to school the other day to help me rearrange my furniture. I'm going to wait to hang up decorations and stuff, but this is what I've got so far.

This is the view from the door.

My desk/small group area. Because of the size of the room, I had to forego an actual desk this year.

Back wall of the room.

A few of my student tables and my library.

View from the back corner of the wall looking toward the door.

Now, the part of the classroom that REALLY bothers me is the ceiling. There are tons of pipes and air ducts just chilling all over the place. It keeps the room from looking like an actual classroom, and just industrializes the my opinion anyway. 

Yuck. So I'm spending the rest of my summer coming up with ways to decorate the room to make it feel "home-y." Once I lay my rug down, I think it will help. I'm going to get a few more lamps too, because the less fluorescent lighting, the better. Since I have to spend AT LEAST a year in this space, I want to make it as comfortable a space as possible. It'll be awhile before I head back to decorate, but I'll post some pictures when I do.

xoxo, wife. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Yesterday was my dad's 50th birthday. FIFTY?! Whoa.

My mom got him an iPad and a Notre Dame cover for it. We had some good food and good conversation. 

Dad- I hope you had a nice birthday. Fifty really isn't as big of a deal as I made it out to be. It just means you've had 50 great years of life here on Earth. Here's to 50 more!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

going to the chapel.

Wedding Number One of the year:

This year I had an amazing teaching partner. Her name is Megan and she was the other Kindergarten teacher at my school. It was her first year teaching and my second year. Since it was her first year, I got to spend a lot of time helping her out and giving advice. I truly think we both grew a lot as teachers throughout the year, and more importantly, we grew to be great friends. When you spend EVERY DAY for 190 days together (laughing, crying, yelling, complaining, confiding, etc), I think it's inevitable that you'll develop a close relationship.

Last weekend, Megan got married. Throughout the school year, I was able to follow her on her wedding planning journey, and answer some questions that she had about the whole process. It was fun to actually get to see all those plans come together for her big day.

There were a few tears for both of us. We've been through so much (good and bad) together throughout the school year, and I think we're both just so grateful that we had the other person to go through it all with. Megan and her new hubby are thinking about moving to Florida this summer so that he can enroll in grad school at Florida State. As happy as I would be for them, it would be a huge loss at work. So while I'm selfishly hoping they'll stay, I'm also praying that God will direct them to where He wants them to be during the beginning of their lives together.

So happy for these two! Congrats on your marriage!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

cheering on my man.

Ever since I've known Ty, he's been really big into sports and he plays some kind of sport regularly.
Most of the time its softball, and I cannot really express in words how much I DISLIKE that sport.
So when I heard that Ty was not only playing softball this year, but was also picking up a night of volleyball each week, my ears perked up. I enjoy volleyball. Two of my best friends in high school played volleyball and I went to watch them all the time. I know how to play and I know most of the rules. I like it.

So last night I went to cheer my man on.

They won all three games. Easily. 
And I made sure Ty knew how much I enjoyed myself...and how much more enjoyable volleyball is to watch than stupid old softball. I'm already looking forward to next week!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

what the heck does it mean?!

Lately, I've been having these dreams.
When I say lately, I mean about every 3 or 4 nights for the past 6 months.

I keep having dreams that I'm pregnant.

Why do I keep having these dreams?!

Is it because I'm going to be 26 in a couple months and my biological clock is telling me to "Get a move on?"
Is it because everyone around me is having babies?
Is it because I secretly want a baby, but can't ever actually picture myself with a 7 year old, or an 11 year old? Or God forbid...a 16 year old?!

Let me tell ya. I don't really think I desire to be pregnant right now.
And I think I have some pretty shallow valid reasons.

-I don't want other people touching my tummy all the time. It's just weird. Maybe I'll change my mind when I'm actually pregnant, but since I'm not, my opinion stands.
-I'm overweight as it is...let's not add another 40 pounds on.
-I'm already pretty useless around the could I put my husband through having a wife that becomes even MORE useless as I get huge and uncomfortable?
-My day job doesn't allow for 20+ bathroom breaks in two-hour time frame.
-I HATE going to the doctor...why would I want to go every few weeks?
-I think pregnant belly buttons are weird. Why do they stick out like that? And what if it never goes back in?

So see? I'm not ready to be pregnant, or am I? NO!
Why am I having all these dreams about it?
What the heck does it mean?!