Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Senior Year of Highschool

Good morning friends! Well, I've survived my first 2 night classes of the semester. I just hope I'll make it through the rest of them. I don't really care for night classes to be honest. Anyway I'll quit complaining! So, I was at my parents house this weekend cleaning out my old bedroom and found a paper I wrote for my Senior Year Cadet Teaching Class. I got 100 on it. Since this is my first week back at school, I thought it would be fun to share it with you. So welcome back to Fall/Spring 2000/2001 which was my senior year of high school.

"Why I am taking Cadet Teaching"

For the past few years of school I have watched the teachers teach students. They come up with new ways to get a point across so that students learn to the fullest. It seems like teachers have a little bit of a different way to get a point across but they all have the same outcome. While I watch the different teaching techniques my mind always stores the cool ideas. Now that I am in my last year of high-school it is time to start planning my future. Now that it seems like my future is coming faster, teaching has always stuck in my mind. I have always wanted to take some of the ideas I have seen presented to me and present them to other students who are younger. When I found out I could have the chance to work with a teacher and see if teaching was really what I wanted to pursue I jumped at the chance. I have committed myself to students just as I once had an older person committed to me. What I really hope to get from this is the skills of working and communicating with younger students. When you work with younger students you have to think more about how to talk with them. It is different talking to different age groups. If I realize that teaching isn't for me, at least I will have the know how of how to communicate which will make me an all-around better citizen. I hope to bring to the children the "want" in doing better in school and so they continue their education and not drop out. I have had older students and adults touch my life and I want to be one of those life touchers.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Husband's Bracelet

So when I started talking to my husband and invited him out to dinner all those years ago (wow I make that sound like it was a really long time ago... only 5 years...). I told him that we had to dress up at least like business casual. He said, I should tell you something about myself. Um... okay?? He said, I wear this bracelet and I refuse to take it off.

A bracelet? That's all that you're worried about? I don't care. But I am curious... what is it? Why is it so important? Again I didn't care, I was just curious.

It turns out the bracelet was from a group while he was in Afghanistan. The bracelet said 48 Minutes of Chaos. It was one of those rubber like bracelets, I don't really know what the material is you call it. But it had significant meaning to him. Sweet!

When we went to get married, he said, I'll remove the bracelet if you'd like. I told him absolutely NOT. That was one of the reasons (among many) that I fell in love with him and he better not take it off.

Sadly though, last year he got poison ivy on his arm really bad and wound up taking it off. He hasn't put it back on since :(. But don't worry, I know where that bracelet is and it'll always be with us!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tbug & the VDub

So last fall hubby and I bought a 1999 Volkswagon Passat to keep the miles off his truck, plus it gets better fuel mileage than what his truck does so why not, right?
We were really looking for a Jetta Diesel but this one was less than what we wanted to pay and it was still kind of what we were looking for so we were able to get it. Sweet, right?

So there's that info... now this... So like all kids, Tbug really can't wait to drive. I learned to drive when I was 4 years old in a hayfield and learned to drive a standard transmission when I was 12. I can't tell you how many times being able to drive a standard has paid off in life. So I told Tbug before she's allowed to get her drivers license, she has to be able to do 2 things... 1) drive a standard (she'll never be stranded that way) and 2) change a tire (again, never be stranded due to that).

So the Passat we bought is actually a standard. Score, a vehicle to teach her to drive one in, right?

Yeah, about that...

So 2 weeks before the Peanut was born, hubby got a phone call about a sale. That day we happened to be out and about in the VW (VDub). Hubby wound up riding home with Robert and Tbug and I took the VDub home. Since we beat the boys to our house, I figured I'd give her a chance to start learning to drive a standard.

We pulled into the driveway, I kicked it in neutral and put on the Ebrake and told her to get in the drivers seat. She looked at me like I'd lost my mind. So she got in, we slid the seat forward and I proceeded to tell her how to take off. Woohooo, we made it down the driveway only killing the car 5 times. Not bad!

We got down by the house, I had her stop, I got out and turned the car around and told her to drive me back up to the head of the driveway. She looked at me like I was crazy again but away we went. She only killed it 5 times this way again. Not bad!

By this point the boys had gotten to the house.

So when we got to the head of the driveway I told her to turn it around. I told her to put it in reverse you have to push down on the shifter and then go to the right and down. She did what I said and we proceeded to kill the car a few more times. No big deal, turn the key off and start back up (remember push in on the clutch!)

We finally got the car going in reverse, and had it going toward the hayfield. Now we don't have a fence separating the yard from the hayfield which is a good thing because there is a slight incline there and we wound up backing down the hill into the hayfield.

If you've never driven a standard, if you have the clutch pushed in and you're on an incline, you'll go down the hill unless you have the break on or are giving it gas while coming off the clutch. Hubby asked why we decided to back into his hayfield and I laughed and said, ask the clutch :).

So it was at this point I was telling Tbug she needed to give the car gas to help get off the clutch and back up the hill before we wound up to far into the hayfield. She proceeded to tell me, I can't see the gas. <hand to forehead> Dear you don't need to see the gas... the gas is the far right pedal, the break is the middle pedal and the clutch is the left pedal in a standard. You don't need to see, just feel for it. You'll find it easily! Do you ever see me looking for the pedals?

So we get going back down the driveway, as we got up by the house we were headed straight for the tractor that was parked under the carport. She asked me what to do. I said, push on the clutch and the brake. She said I can't see the brake. I said you don't need to see the brake, it's the middle pedal and you need to press it NOW!

Luckily she had the clutch pushed in and we weren't going that fast because about that time we ran the car right into the big tire on the tractor. Hubby and Robert came running over. I immediately looked at her and asked if she was okay and then climbed out of the car dazed and confused.

Now the reason I said luckily she had the clutch pushed in is we bounced off the tractor tire instead of slamming into it and still going as you would have in an automatic. Whew!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day of School

Today I am sad. Why you might ask? Well, this is my first day back to school after summer break. After a CRAZY summer school that ended in me having a baby on the day I was supposed to take my final and I wound up having to take it a week later. Then an even more crazy and hectic summer. Today is the first day back to school and I'm torn.

I'm excited to be starting back because there were times this summer I was bored, but at the same time I have this gorgeous baby girl! Now if you think about it, from the time I had her until now, that was 7 weeks (4 days) ago which makes it a week longer than if I had to work and go back after the 6 week maternity leave that is typical here in the US (although I don't think all businesses offer that, I don't really know...)

I'm sad because now I'll be missing out on 2 nights per week with her. I'll be missing out on 2 afternoons with her. But my schedule is so great and I know she's in GREAT hands! But Mommy might just cry today when I drop baby girl off with my grandma. Although I can tell you my grandma is extremely excited about watching her for me!

So anyway I don't think this post really has any great thoughts in it. It's a little discombobulated just like my brain seems to be right now... so I'll just leave you with this...

This picture is from starting kindergarten. I guess that when I went to kindergarten I went from the babysitters house. I was soooo excited to start school that I wouldn't even let my daddy take me to school the first day, which made him sad. Instead I insisted on riding the bus with the other kids. In 2nd grade I switched grade schools in our district and I was scared to death to go to school so I made my daddy walk me in and I clung to him for dear life.

Daddy I'm sorry I took that first day of school pleasure from you! I think I might need you to come hold my hand again today!

He actually offered last fall! He's the greatest!!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Saturday Post {62}

Top 5 Posts of the Week
1. Happy Halloween Y'all

2. Mystery Loaf unveiled

3. The Count Down

4. Top 5 Big Blogs I Read

5. Repost - Our Story Part 3

This Weeks Posts
Repost - Our Story Part 3
Mystery Loaf unveiled
The Count Down
Top 5 Big Blogs I Read

Blast from the Past
2013 - Caleco's Bar & Grill - St. Louis, MO
2012 - Birthday Presents & Tbug
           El Ranchito - Union, MO
2011 - My List
2010 - There wasn't one...

Recipes made from the Blog This Week
Mystery Loaf unveiled

Instagram Lately

Week's Happenings
++We had a garage sale at my FIL's house.
++I got to sleep in and have a lazy week for the last time until winter break...
++We read to baby girl every night this week. Totally worth it!
++Baby girl has started cooing.
++I'm pretty sure we had our first official smile this week although she's been smiling since she was born!
++We went to the store last night and daddy and baby girl were so stinking adorable! I went to catch it on video and forgot to hit the record button until she was done playing with daddy... :(

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Top 5 Big Blogs I Read

A few years ago when I started learning what blogs were, I found myself grossly engaged in reading them. I don't use grossly in a bad sense, just pointing out that I got really involved in reading them. I also need to point out that I read a lot of blogs and I'd love to share them with you. In fact, I have before, not all but a lot of them.

I hate picking a few out and saying I read these more than those because there are a lot of blogs I like for a lot of different reasons. But today I think I'll share five of the big blogs I read that I really like with you. These are big blogs in the fact that they definitely don't know my blog exists and only one of them will converse with me, which really is pretty darn cool!

So the First one would be by Amanda Radke who actually converses with me a lot via facebook. How cool is that? Amanda writes Beef Daily. She has my dream job which is to write a blog for an Agriculture publication. She writes for Beef Magazine. When I initially went to school, it was to be an Agriculture Journalist. I then heard that if I went the Agriculture Education route, that I would get a lot more opportunities so I switched my major but made sure to take the Agriculture Journalism classes that SMS offered. Amanda touches on issues that are facing Farmers and Ranchers as well as the Beef Industry today.

While we're on the thought process of Agriculture blogs, My next favorite is:
The Pioneer Woman. I really have no clue how I stumbled across her blog but I have been reading it for years. Truthfully how can you not love Ree Drummond? I know there are haters out there, but sadly with anything in life there are haters. She has a great blog that has a wealth of knowledge but she also gets out there and has a blog that promotes Agriculture and teaches people about the ways of the Agriculture life. I'd soooo love to have a blog like hers. Ah, to aspire to :).

From there, let's look at this blog:
Kevin & Amanda. I stumbled across this blog back in 2011 when I participated in the Extreme Mac & Cheese link-up. You were to get a recipe of Mac & Cheese from a blog and make it, then link up.  When I googled Mac & Cheese Recipes I came up with Amanda's blog and that was the Mac & Cheese I used. Since then I have become obsessed with her blog. Now she has my dream job too! Her blog sends her all around the country and the world taking pictures and traveling. How cool would that be? I really want her job.

From there let's look at:
Elsie & Emma at A Beautiful Mess. I wish I knew how I stumbled across their blog but I didn't. However I'm soooo glad I did! They have an awesome blog and that fabulous photography that they take. The give great tips! And the cool thing I found out about a year ago is they are located in Springfield, MO, the town I went to college in. How crazy is that? A local blogger (basically) and they are famous. Nope, I've never met them or seen them but hey, we're like friends, right. Same towns... ha!

And last but not least:
Fat Mum Slim. I actually found Chantelle's blog via Instagram. She does a daily photo challenge every month. She posts the prompt, then you take the photo and post it on Instagram. I only actually went through the challenge and didn't forget one time. That's sad really but I try! Anyway then I stumbled across her blog and she has some great posts and tips on blogging and photos, etc. It's fun to read her blog. She also lives in the land down under, how cool is that? Yup, that'd be awesome. I'd sooo go down there to meet her, if someone would pay for my trip! :)

So there you have it. 5 of the big blogs I read. I wish these people would know who I was and give tips and help my blog skyrocket but I doubt I'm that good sadly. I guess I shouldn't doubt myself, but I'll always strive for better :).

So are there any blogs you'd recommend I read? Why??

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Count Down

So I was reading Angie's blog here while back and she did this really cool thing so I'm stealing it....

10 Things I Did Today
I ate lunch with my aunt, husband and baby girl.
I went through my kitchen looking for things to get rid of.
Baby girl and I went for a walk tonight.
I went looking for a lens cover that is non-existent.
I continued reading Bringing up Bébé.
I ate an ice cream cone.
I watched America's Got Talent.
I ate dinner.
I fed baby girl.
I took a shower.

9 Things I loved Today
I love my husband.
I love my baby girl.
I love my Tbug.
I love my family.
I love the puppy dogs.
I love that I got to sleep in. (early mornings and late nights are getting me)
I love baby snuggles.
I kind of love the late night snuggles too.
I love the faces that Peanut shared with us today!
8 Things I Didn't Love Today
I didn't love baby girl scratching me. her nails are sharp!
I didn't love reading through facebook and seeing people arguing about Robin Williams death.
I didn't love baby girl screaming in my ear. I think I'm going deaf...
I didn't love running over my toe with the stroller.
I didn't love waking up at 6am being tired.
I didn't love Peanut head butting my teeth.
I didn't love sitting on our hard kitchen floor for so long but it was totally worth it.
I didn't love that my aunt couldn't stay longer. (She was only here for a couple hours. I wish she'd have had more time.)

7 Random Thoughts for the Day
My hip itches.
My house is a mess and it's driving me nuts.
I'm not ready to start back to school next week. I know Peanut will be in good hands but she won't be with me :(.
I wish I had more time to read.
I hate bug bites.
Peanut smells good.
Yes, we call her Peanut around here.

6 People I Talked to Today
My mom
The waitress at lunch.

5 Things I'm Praying About
That hubby and I are making the right decisions.
That I'm not doing something wrong with raising Peanut.
Health for my family.
That Peanut will start sleeping through the night. (yes, that's very self centered, but I'm a tired momma.)
4 Things on Tomorrow's To Do List
Love Hubby. (That's it so he says)
Love Baby. (he'll allow that to happen too)
Price Garage sale stuff.
Go to the doctor.
3 Things I'm Thankful For 
A Fantastic Husband.
A healthy baby girl.
A Roof over my head.
(and a 4th... My awesome family)
2 Things I Ate Today
Cashew Chicken
Bacon Cheeseburger

1 Last Wish for the Night
World Peace :)       

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