Thursday, September 22, 2011

Yes..... I'm still alive!

Hi, my friends!  I am still alive & well, and living in Round Rock, TX.  Sophia and I moved here at the end of August.  We are settled into our new/temporary home with my in-laws.  I am settled into my new job.  I am very happy working at Cooper Elementary in Georgetown.  It's a small school with a population very much like my last school.  The staff are very nice, and they have made me feel very welcome. 

HOWEVER.... I really miss my Magnolia friends!!!!  I'm hoping this blog will serve as a way to keep everyone up to date on what's going on with us.  (I have tried and tried and tried to be a Face Booker ~ let's face it.... ain't gonna happen!)  So, I'll continue to use my blog to let you know what's going on with us.  PLEASE... don't forget to let me know about all of your goings on!

So much has happened since we've been down here.  We were all just starting to deal with the separation anxiety when the "Tri-County Wild Fires" erupted in our Magnolia neighborhood.  THANK GOD (& many brave firefighters and bulldozer operators) that our house was spared.  Now... just to sell the darn thing!

Sophie just started back to school this week.  She goes to Rabbit Hill School three days a week.  She stays with my mother-in-law two days.  It seems to be working out pretty well.  On her first day, she wasn't used to sleeping on a mat for nap time.  So instead of sleeping, she walked around, pointing at each kid in her class, and saying "Night, Night!"  What a little leader.  

Other than all of that, there isn't a whole lot going on.  I'll be posting more about my new job, the house situation, and OF COURSE Sophie Bear in the future.

Take care all my wonderful friends.  I miss you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

For the Love of Books...

So, my latest dilemma has been whether or not to get an E-Reader (aka: Nook, Kindle, etc.). I am, a librarian afterall.... I should have the most recent advancement to transform the literary world! I am, afterall..... The last librarian in my school district to get one. But truly, I am afterall.... Holding out because I just can't fathom giving up books ~ actual cardboard, paper, and ink BOOKS. I love the feel of them, the sound of pages turning, the smell (unless it's a book one of my students has spilled milk on.... FYI: That really STINKS!)

It breaks my heart to think of a world without books. It does, however seem like that's where we're heading. The other day three of my students were reading on E-Readers ~ surrounded by thousands of literary gems. Now, I know in my heart that actual books will never go away completely. But, I just hate that we may have to someday go to a museum to see them.

Having said all that.... I have come to the realization that I really want one. I realize the convenience of being able to read any book I want immediately. That is like dangling a banana in front of a monkey (similarity intended).

I will never fully give up actual physical books, but I am beginning to get excited about reading, and sharing, all my new books on my E-Reader. In case you're wondering, I'm getting a Nook. It's really just down to personal preference.

I have a feeling that my "Need To Read" list is going to get very lengthy!

If you haven't done so in a while, go home and open-up a good book tonight.... a REAL one. You don't have to read the whole thing, but just remind yourself how relaxing and comforting it is to spend some quiet time with a good, old friend! Happy Reading!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pink & Polka Dots!


Birthday Party 1: Round Rock, TX

























Birthday Party 2: Magnolia, TX















What a blast it was!!!
















Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hello.... Are you there? I'm still here....

I'm climbing out of the black-hole that was March, and emerging a little worse for wear. Let's catch up, shall we?

Since my last post I have: attended a bow-making class; hosted two 1st birthday parties (in different cities mind you); conducted a major project at work; switched Sophie from formula to milk; and spent Spring Break with a 1 year-old battling between separation anxiety and a struggle for independence.

Hang on..... Head between my knees.... Breathing..... Breathing!

OKAY! Just remembering this month is enough to make my head spin ~ literally.

Looking back on the past few weeks, I am so glad that I put all that effort into each of the previously mentioned adventures. After all, being a good mom is the most important aspiration I have. I realize that making all those GORGEOUS (wink, wink) decorations for Sophie's parties wasn't necessary, and that she would have had a good time without them. And, contrary to all my complaining (maybe more like whining), I really do enjoy being creative ~ especially for Sophie! So, here's how some of my escapades went down:

The Bowmaking Class: Informed that I did NOT know the proper way to thread a needle. Stabbed myself with said needle a minimum of mmmmm 100 times. Learned how to make a basic stacked bow. RESULT: Success!

1st Birthday Parties x 2: Learned that I can set up, and take down, an entire birthday party in 30 minutes flat. Realized that 4 packages of cookies, 3 gallons of tea, 35 goody bags, 4 packages of hot dog/hamburger buns, and 28 hamburger patties is WAY TOO MUCH! Discovered that watching my darling angel smile at her family and friends, very gingerly stick her hands in cake icing, and laugh at opening gifts is completely PRICELESS! (My next post will include pics.... I PROMISE!)
RESULT: Invaluable experience!

Switch from Formula to Milk: Found out that this needs to be done in stages. Saw that Sophie took to the milk just fine, minus a few "fluffernutters" escaping Sophie's hind-end. RESULT: Milestone Accomplished!

Spring Break: Learned that according to Gerber, Pampers, and WhatToExpect.com, Sophie is now a TODDLER. Wondering what happened to my always-smiling, sweet, giggly little angel! Figured out that letting her drink her sippy-cup in the living room, instead of her high chair, averts a major melt down. Concluded that if left to cry-it-out for a few minutes, Sophie will survive being away from Momma (not sure if it was her or me that needed that lesson most.)

Overall, I am happy to have made it to the other side of such a frenzied, but memorable, month. I can't believe my Sophie Bear is a year old! If someone figures out the secret to stopping all this growing ~ or at least slowing it down ~ let me know.

It's nice to be back among the blogging!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sick Day

We spent the past weekend in Spring Branch (outside of San Antonio), helping my sister-in-law move into their new house. It's a beautiful home!

It was a good weekend, except that Sophia Grace ended up getting sick. I hate it when she is sick. I feel so helpless.... there's nothing worse than seeing your child hurting or uncomfortable and know there is nothing you can do about it.

Monday I took her to the doctor, and found out she had a bad cold. Thank God it wasn't the flu!!! We got medicine, and headed home to rest. It turns out the best medicine was sitting in momma's lap, sucking her fingers, holding her bear, and watching cartoons.

She is doing much better now. We still have to finish our five day regimen of antibiotics, but she is back to her happy, silly self.

And, on the birthday party front..... I'm making a lot of headway on the decorations. The only things I have left to finish are the balloon wreath and the tissue paper pom-poms. In the grand scheme of things, that isn't so bad. It may sound like I'm totally stressed out by all this work, but I actually do love it. I hope her party is as wonderful as she is!

The BIGGER the BOW, the BETTER the MOMMA!

Last Thursday night, I went to a Bow~Making Party. It was a blast! I got to meet some really wonderful moms, and learn to make hair bows for my Sophia Grace. I'm not as bad at it as I figured I'd be. Granted, I stabbed myself with the needle about a hundred times. Not to mention, I didn't even know how to thread the needle the right way (apparently there's a proper way to do it when you're making bows!) Hmph!

Although I'm suffering a few minor bow-injuries, I'd consider it a success. It was nice to have some momma time... even if I was doing something for Sophie.

I think I'll try to keep up with it. They make different kinds of bows each month. Poor Sophia will be a bow-headed fool before it's all said and done!

Pictures to come....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Smiles

~ Sophia's laugh

~ Coming home after a long day

~ Knowing my friends missed me when I was gone

~ Being able to provide for my family: emotionally & financially

~ Watching children read

~ Seeing Sophia learn something new

~ Knowing that I can help others if they need it

~ Being able to depend on my husband

~ Hearing, "Ma-Ma"