Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am just going to put this out there because I think that it will hold me more accountable and I am not very good with asking for accountability so here goes. Andy and I officially started training for a marathon. We ran 3 miles to start off the training and will run 8 by the end of this week. I love training with Andy. I am not a good running partner but he puts up with me and makes me better. Only one of the million reasons that I love him. This will be a test for us. A test of our abilities to push ourselves even when we don't want to, a test of how strong we are physically and especially mentally, and the best part is that we are doing this together. So when you see someone out running in the next oh 5 months, say a prayer for Andy and I. You might just see us out there.
The race will be at the beginning of May and it looks like most of Andy's family will be doing some part of the race. Some will do the 1/2 marathon and some will do the full and it will be fun no matter what or at least it will be at the beginning. I am looking forward to how great I will feel, when at the end I can look back at all of my hard work. So wish us luck...
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is post show. They are just the cutest.
Me with Andy's sweet, sweet grandmothers. I look like a giant, I know. They are both just so tiny! I love you Gigi and Meme!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Andy and I will be having A BROTHER-IN-LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and you thought we were pregnant... silly you... don't you worry yourselves any Family. We will not announce it on here, first...
Our darling Princess Megan was asked by her totally sweet boyfriend to marry him. She said YES! So, with one word our family went from 8 to 9! Yeah for us, because she picked a really cool guy that along with Andy is totally capable of fixing things. I think that this is a very important a characteristic of a guy. It is so nice to have someone that needs no help when it comes to fixing things around the house. He also loves to hunt. This gives Andy a partner in crime so I can stay home and cuddle on the couch with my warm blanket and a cup of coffee.
I do have a funny story about Scott.
Scott is currently living at Andy and Megan's grandmother's lake house. I know that he loves it because he loves the outdoors and now he can hang out in the woods to his hearts content or at least as long as Megan lets him. Hee hee hee. Anyway, as I said before Scott loves to hunt and there is some land nearby that he wanted to go and check out and see if he could find and deer tracks or antler rubs or whatever you look for when you try to find deer. I should also mention that this happened a few weeks ago in some cold weather.(just a note: I have only been hunting once and was totally scared by a squirrel or something that I thought was hunting me when Andy left me alone and I have not gone again.) He got in the canoe and paddled across the lake (Melton Hill Lake: read one of the coldest lakes in Knoxville) to go check things out. I think that this happened when he was coming back. He got in the canoe and paddled to about the middle of the lake and for some reason the canoe got a bit tipsy on Scott and the next thing that he knew he was dumped by the canoe in the water. This is where it is important that you know that Scott was dressed for cold weather not for taking a dip in the lake. He had jeans, a jacket and his boots on. Well as canoes do it filled up with water and try as he may there was no getting the canoe to flip back over while he was in the water himself. He said that he tried to drag the canoe for a bit but the water was cold (read: um, try freezing) and he was starting to go numb. He ditched the canoe in the middle of the lake (I don't think that there was much traffic on the lake, per usual) and so he swam, clothes and all, to the bank. Then he walked over to this house that is on the point and met a guy who was wondering why in the middle of the winter and fully clothed, why Scott was all wet. Well, lucky for Scott the guy owned a paddle boat and offered to go in it with Scott to get the canoe and tow it back to the house. So Scott ran back to the house real quick to get changed and then met the guy to go pick up the canoe. I think that it was when they got into the paddle boat that Scott realized that they guy had a broken foot and had a boot on it and was not going to be able to help paddle to boat. So Scott paddled (like a bike) the boat and broken foot man out to the canoe. Then he tied the canoe to the paddle boat and had to paddle all the way back to the house. Needless to say when we saw Scott later that day he will still chilled to the bone and was only drinking hot liquids. I guess the best part of Scott is that he rarely complains about anything. I never heard a grumble or anything when he told the story. I would have been mad and probably crying. He just takes everything in stride. He is even-tempered and ready to go with just about anything that is requested of him from Megan or anyone. The number one thing that Andy and I love about Scott is that he LOVES Meg. Evey time they are together you can tell how much they love each other.
Megan and Scott, I know that I have said this to you already, but we are so happy for the both of you. We are happy to have you as part of our family and love that we can call your friends. Your wedding is going to be an amazing celebration of the start of your life together as you become one before God. It has been amazing to see how God has brought you together and we have loved seeing your love grow for one another. We look forward to a lifetime of memories together. We love you both!!!!
Here are some pictures from the engagement night!!! Enjoy!
The happy couple!!!
Meg's ring is so beautiful and I loved watching her yesterday because she could not stop looking at it.
This picture is so Scott and Megan!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Ha! This picture totally makes me laugh out loud. This was last year and I dressed Laney up as her father. She was not really happy about it and the only way that she let me take this picture was because Andy told her to come to him. She will do anything he says. She would not even look at the camera. So funny!
How cute is Nelly. This picture was so hard to get and I think that this was the best one that I got. Nelly like her sister does not like to be dressed up. She kept shaking these off of her head, but I just thought that they were too cute for words. What a doll!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I mean seriously how cute is she. I was in love then and still am now...
Well this beautiful baby is growing and learning and just started walking about 2 weeks ago. Her parents threw her a totally adorable birthday party last weekend and of course Andy and I were there to celebrate with her. Here are some pictures of her big day. She had so much fun and only got fussy a little bit.
She loved the boxes!!!! She climbed on them and I think she thought that the box was the toy. So cute. Tori's mother baked her a bear cake and a tiny bear smash cake just for Reece. She dug in as you can see and I think that she would have eaten the whole thing if her parents had let her. Reece's nickname is Reecie-Bear so they did a bear theme.
This is one of her new toys that she loved. Tori's mom also smocked the dress that Reece is wearing. It was beautiful and had so much detail. Maybe I will be lucky enough to get one if Andy and I have a baby girl in the future... (read that: we are not ready for kids yet!)
Thank you Tori and Doc for a wonderful day. We had so much fun celebrating Reece's first year of life and look forward to the many in the future. She is truly a blessing and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life!!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is one of Andy's oldest friends. His name is Chris and he is a wonderful guy. Chris and I have become great friends since Andy and I started dating again. Chris had the wonderful joy of also hanging out with Andy and I on some of our "fun" dates in middle school. Chris wrote a song for Andy and I that he played at our rehearsal dinner (speaking of that... Chris I need to get you to record that so we will have a copy) and it was wonderful. At any rate, Chris got an email I think at the end of last year with a request from another young lady that he needed to take her cousin out on a date. It was a really funny email and Chris said, sure why not. So Chris met Julie...
and they went out on a date. They hit it off and have continued to date throughout the year. Well not too long ago I got an email from Chris telling me that he was really impressed at how much Andy and I have been running and that he would probably never be able to be a runner and oh by the way he is going to ask Julie to marry him. Oh by the way. Who does that? Chris. I have gotten to know Julie a little and I love her to pieces. She is an amazing girl. Well this morning when I got to work I received a little email from Julie that told me that they are...
Both Andy and I are so happy for them. We wish them the best and are looking forward to the wedding, but most of all we are looking forward to having a lifetime of memories with these two. We are lucky that we get to share in their life as they do in ours. We love you guys!!!
Here is a picture of her ring... I did not get to see it before the engagement and can't wait to see it on her hand in person.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
With all of that said, at the end of the night I was the only one left standing without a card. Bummer... I like getting carded...and I need to keep my reputation in tact here...hee hee hee...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Now it is time to vote. Just click on the button below this that says comment. It will show you how to leave a comment and you can pick which pumpkin deserves your vote. Just remember what I said about most of you being MY friends and MY family. Hee hee hee! Just a hint... mine was of something that I am terrified of. That is why I did it. I like scary things at Halloween!!!!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Well the carving got underway just at the Auburn game was kicking off, oh about 7:30. We took the pumpkins out back to do the gutting and then carved them inside while watching the game. The guys were so funny. They did not enjoy the gutting process, too icky for them I guess. Emily and I just got to work and come to think of it I don't think that either of us complained once... hahaha.
I have to remind all of you that Emily is considered a professional pumpkin carver in some circles. Granted those circles are small, hahaha just kidding Em. We all got out our patterns and got to work. I was the first to start cutting but not the first to finish. Andy and Jeff were the first to finish so they could watch the game. Then I was done. Emily, she took a bit longer then the rest of us. She did not finish until about 11:30pm. We were joking the whole time that she was going to still be cutting this morning when Andy and I got up for work. Her pumpkin is very detailed and really cool. (not as cool as mine and Andy's because we want to win you see)
I told Andy, Jeff and Emily that I would post the pictures on the blog (and one video if I can figure it out!!!) and this is where the favor comes in. I would like all the tens of my readers to vote on which pumpkin you think is the best and that will be the way that we choose a winner. I don't have my camera with me so I will post them sometime this weekend so check back. Just a friendly reminder, if you are reading this then you are probably MY friend or MY family so keep that in mind when you vote. Hee hee, I am not competitive at all I know. I really think that they all turned out well and I can't wait to show them to you!!!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Well, not really but my brother-in-law is. Andy and I are heading up to Harrogate, TN to the LMU campus tomorrow because Jeff is getting is WHITE COAT!!! Jeff is in DO school (medical school) at LUM and we are so proud of him. We are so happy that we will have another doctor in the family (currently we have 3) that will be able to take care of us so we won't have to go to our "real" (read that not family) doctors. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and all of us will be heading up there to celebrate Jeff's accomplishments!!! The picture is of Jeff and his sweet wife, Danielle! We were in Sundance, UT and were headed up the ski slopes to do some Mountain Biking. This picture was taken pre-crash... I will leave it at that.
After we go up there we will head on to the game. We will see what UT will produce, and yes, I am a Volunteer!!! I bleed ORANGE!!!! GO VOLS!!!!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
***side note*** I do not allow my players to yell at the ref. I tell them that it is their job to play soccer and if they disagree with a call to keep their mouths shut. They know that I will back them up. It is my job and not theirs and apparently I take it seriously enough that I have been told to hush in just about every game that we have played.
***side note #2*** We were only winning 2-1 with about 12 min to go in the game when I got my card. We ended up winning 4-1. Yellow cards are looking more appealing by the min...just kidding...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
1. The songs that are played in our warm-up tape before our games should not have curse words in them. To be fair, it was not our warm-up tape that we were listening to the other day, but all the same I caught myself saying, "Did that song just say the B-word." The funniest part is that I occasionally curse myself. I know, I know that I really should not, but I am known to let one slip every now and then. I just don't think that having it played loudly over a loud speaker where there are high school (I am aware that they are not babies, but...) students, and younger siblings running around is really all that appropriate.
2. High school girls should not practice in their sports bras. Period. This concept, we will call it, of mine has not gone over all that well with my high school girls. For those of you that do not live in Knoxville, let me just tell you that in the summer I gets hot around here (read that as it gets to be over 90 degrees on a regular basis and it is always humid) and on a soccer field there is no shade. Now I understand that other schools may allow this behavior to happen, but under my watchful eye they will not be removing their shirts to practice soccer. You don't get to play in just a sports bra do you? Nope, I do think so. Plus you are not an adult so therefore I get to tell you what you can and cannot do while your parents entrust you into my care. (Those are some of my responses, and I am not backing down from them.) Mostly I just want these girls to respect themselves. I want them to value their bodies and their hearts. I hope that as I coach these girls that they will learn that I am here to help them grow into healthy, strong, independent young women. So on this issue, I am sorry but I will not back down and they will always be fully clothed at my practices.
3. Girls should dress appropriately at all times. I really hope that you don't read this as me being judgmental, but I know that it might come off this way. I just think that girls today are trying to dress like they are older than they are. They tend to wear shorts, skirts and dresses that are too short and shirts that are too tight. I know that I am not a parent, but I know that some of the items that I have seen some girls in lately will not be a part of my future daughters closet. As in point number 2 I think that girls should just dress more modestly. I have seen girls walk into church in tight and short jean skirts ( read barely covering their bottoms) and sit with their parents. When I was their age I had to wear a dress that came past my knees and with lace fringed socks. Now I am all of everyone coming to church just how they are and I am glad that they are there and I really don't want this to come off and a huge judgement at all, but I just want girls to dress like the YOUNG girls that they are. They will have plenty of time to be grown ups and do whatever they want. I just think that their parents should be keeping them young and protecting their innocence as long as they can. It is just scary to see middle school girls in belly shirts...
So those are some examples of my prudeness (not sure if this is a word)... and I am kind of proud of it. Scary I know. Part of the reason that I wanted to coach (can I just say that none of the above examples are of MY high school girls. They have all come from other sources that shall remain nameless and not just because I don't know the names of any of the people mentioned.) was because I wanted to make an impact. I know that I fail everyday at showing the girls who I want them to be and those failures are as a result of me being human. I just hope that they walk away from their time with me and realize that I care about each one individually and I want them to be better people when they leave. I want to impact their lives and try to teach them along the way from experiences that I have had both positive and negative. We will see if it happens...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Then she would crash!
She was so fun and happy. Here she is dancing. What you can't tell is that I am singing some strange song that I made up spur of the moment and she loved it. Not sure that other people on the beach did...
Check out that face on Laney!
Andy made this look so easy. When I threw it, I could barely get it 15 feet away from me. It was pretty sad.
Andy: You want to go back to Hilton Head?
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Me: So Suzie (I have changed her name since she is underage and even though I got her permission to write this, I have not asked her parents!), did you ever find out what your Dad does for a living?
Suzie: No, I never asked.
Me: So do you know what your Mom does?
Suzie: No, not really, but I do know that she works at the Egg Campus at UT.
Me: Excuse me, what did you just say?
Suzie: She works at the Egg Campus.
Me: Did you just say Egg Campus?
Suzie: Yeah, why?
Me: Don't you mean the Ag Campus?
Suzie: No, the EGG Campus. That is what it is called.
Me: Oh my gosh that is the funniest thing that I have ever heard. It is not the Egg Campus it is the Ag Campus. Ag as in Agriculture Campus. Suzie that is the funniest thing that I have hear all day. The Egg Campus.
Suzie was a great sport. She let me tell the whole team what she said and did not even get embarrassed a little bit. I laughed and laughed. She is a great kid. The Egg Campus is still making me laugh out loud. This is one of the many reasons that I love coaching my high school kids. They make me laugh all the time.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The season is starting tonight and we will be tested for the first time. We have played in a few short games and then the alumni game but this will be our first test tonight from another local team. I am excited to see what our girls bring to the table. We still have a lot to learn but I can't wait to see them get out on the field together.
I will have to be careful about how much I talk about what goes on with these girls since I have not gotten any of their permission to talk about them on here and I don't want to have to unpost (I think that I just made up a new blogging word!) anything. I will say that I have an awesome coaching staff, of which I am very proud to be a part of. I hope that this season is better than past, we have set some goals and I hope that I can help this team realize some of those goals. I will keep you posted!!!!! Go Lady Rebels!!!!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
RHI YOU ARE AWESOME... have I ever told you that before!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go Canada!!!!
My faithful readers know that at my former job I was a Case Manager. I worked with children that were somehow involved with DCS (Department of Children's Services). All of these kids were there due to some sort of a "family issue" either caused by the parents or in some cases by the child. I worked with foster kids, juvenile justice kids, and adopted kids. It was a wonderful job filled with lots of joy, but at times it was a heartbreaking experience. What I came to learn about the occupation of "Social Workers" is that they are under paid and over worked. They deal day in and day out with emotionally gut wrenching issues and are not fairly compensated for it. You are supposed to be "On Call" 24/7 for your families, and at times have to make YOUR family take a backseat. It is so unfair to both the worker and the families they work with. Both parties suffer resulting in more family breakdowns. While I was working I had some wonderful kids on my case load and some wonderful families. Kids that wanted to be better behaved and really worked on getting along and some parents that really wanted to have a happy, healthy family. I was wonderful to be a part of. I also had some kids that did not see a future for themselves and did not want to try. There were also parents that were just trying to make it until the kids were out of the house and out of their hair and they did not want me to be around. I was the problem and they wanted me out of their home and life.
Today I was came upon an article that just about ripped my heart from my chest. This is one of the most awful stories of neglect that I have ever heard. This is where the title from the post comes from. All the time we are required to fill out a form and show proof that we are capable of driving a car, being an employer, teaching children, coaching children, giving blood. We are not required, however, by anyone at anytime to prove that we are DESERVING (yes I said deserving) of raising a child. Now, Andy and I do not have any children yet. I hope and pray that we are blessed with the chance to be parents, and I would be all for taking classes to show people that we will do our best to make sure that our children are raised in a happy and healthy environment. Why is one of the most important jobs in the world regularly overlooked? Why are parents allowed to have children in the most horrible of environments. It is unbelievable and heartbreaking.
The following story does show all of us that even with all of the horrible people out there, that there are some wonderful people as well. The family that stepped up in this article deserves to be recognized and honored for the wonderful gift that they have given this child. A gift of wonderful parents that give her all that she needs and a brother that even when he gets less than his fair share of his parents attention is willing to help his sister learn and grow. Amazing. What an amazing family.
I would like to warn you this story is a hard read. Hard in that it is a story about one of the worst child abuse cases that I have ever heard, and ends without proper punishment of those involved...
Friday, August 1, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Jeff, since he was the expert on this part of the trip, found this great trail. The first picture is of Bill and his girls taking a break on the trail. The next one is of Jeff, Cally, Megan and Bill at the spot where we stopped to take some pictures. This view was amazing and totally breathtaking. In the third picture Bill was trying to get a picture of us jumping. Obviously we were not very good at it. The last picture is of the sisters that never fight, and I really mean that honestly. They never fight. Crazy...
The trip was amazing and I have to thank my husband's parents (Amy and Bill) for planning it and taking us on this trip. You guys are wonderful. Now Andy and I are trying to plan a trip back to this area for a winter ski trip!!