Wednesday, September 24, 2014

That Town.

This post is part of Inspiration: September as challenged by Brittany.Herself. Be sure to check it out, or write a post yourself :)



When I met my husband (at the airport!) we both marveled about how we were from small towns. And then he told me where he was from.

Sure. a Texas 4A high school and minutes from Ft. Worth. That's a SMALL town. Or so he thought.

I grew up in a TINY Texas town. Nestled between to slightly bigger towns on a major interstate, south of Dallas, you find MY hometown of Rice.

That's right. RICE.

I don't live there anymore. But after 8 years of avoiding the area, I came home to one of those slightly bigger towns that Rice was nestled between. And as much as I loathe being here and away from a metropolitan area, I love being back too.

But here are somethings about my hometown:

1. When I graduated high school, we had the biggest graduating class at the time of 50 people.

2. My sister and I didn't go to the same high school... because our town didn't have one yet.

3. The roads are dangerous. Seriously. They were paved once upon a time, but now if it rains pretty good you can go fishing from them.

4. There are no stop lights.

5. The Sonic that has been there for the last couple of years is the only fast food restaurant in town. In fact, its now the only restaurant in town.

6. I can remember when there was a soda shop, antique store, and laundromat in the downtown area.

7. Nothing was ever open in our town, and if it was it was closed by 8pm. (See song above. Its kind of like my tribute to my hometown).

8. It's home. And no matter how hard I try to escape it, I always find my way back. And usually on Thursdays for Father-Daughter-Granddaughter date nighs.


What's something that you can recall about your hometown?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weddings from a TLC Junkie

Let's just say I'm addicted to I love TLC programming. Shows like 19 Kids and Counting and Little People Big World are my addiction. I've been watching them since the Duggars had 13 kids and one television special. Same thing with Little People Big World.

I also like Cake Boss and DC Cupcakes, but those shows make me want cake and they aren't showing new episodes right now. Plus I've watched all episodes of those shows on netflix.

So. Weddings.

It seems like this fall is the season of weddings for the Duggars and the Roloffs. Currently, we are watching the process of Jill Duggar getting married. She is absolutely precious. Her fiance is also precious, and they are an adorable couple. Usually, I keep it together fairly well, but tonight's episode caused me to lose my composure.

They go wedding dress shopping. And its just so sweet. And I cried.

Jill is surrounded by her sisters, her sister-in-law, and mother. The love that is being showered upon her is breathtaking. And then they each read a letter to her. And there is crying.

I lost it when Michelle was reading her letter to her daughter. Picture me sitting on our living room floor doing some upper body weights and bawling. Thankfully, Michael came running from the kitchen to console me.

That part was hard for me. As most of you know, my mom wasn't around when I got engaged or married. She had already passed away. Choosing my wedding dress was difficult, because I was without my mom! My sister had had the distinct pleasure of having our mother involved in the wedding dress selection and even the wedding planning.

Thankfully, I had two wonderful people with me when I went dress shopping--my Aunt and my sister. In fact, I don't know how I got married without either of the two of them (or my two other besties, or Michael's entire side of the family).

Point is... weddings are a special time and having family with you is important.


What was a memorable family moment from your wedding? If you aren't married, what are you looking forward too?


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Write My Face Off: Why I sent our bathroom scale to the landfill.

Growing up we had this old scale. I can see it. It was obviously made in the 1970s. How else can you explain the shiny gold of its color? My mom kept in one of two pantry cabinets in the kitchen. As a kid, I would rarely weigh just myself, usually I used the scale for other things. Didn't everyone need to know the weight of their 20lb cat?

My grandmother had a scale too. Forever it sat in the kitchen (what was it with these woman and scales in the KITCHEN???). Her's was a monster, old school, analog, heavier than a toddler. I used to love to sit and play with it and zero it out.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Crackin' Those Books

I've spent this summer learning. Last summer, I spent time pinteresting (I totally just made pinterest into a verb...) and reading blogs and pretended that I was learning. BUT IT WASN'T THIS INTENSE.

I spent the month of June taking 3 graduate classes. THREE classes. That is NINE graduate hours for those of you who can't obviously count. And they were all distance education classes. I actually don't know how I survived the semester, but I did and I came out on the other a little much more intelligent. In fact, I can now spout off random information about special education topics, and when I actually do spout off the information, it's like an out of body experience. I hear myself speaking, but I can't believe it's me sounding all grown up and official.

For the month of July, I scaled back the class load and only took two classes at the instance of my husband, who likes his wife less stressed. Because happy wife, happy life right? I'm staying on schedule and turning in everything and working my tail off. After the end of Summer II, I'll be at the half way point with my masters. I can't believe I can say that. Sooner than later, I'll complete my PhD in something, because I am just dying to be Dr. and Mr. Gardner (and Michael knows and is supportive...)

I've also been learning for teaching. As I've said in previous posts, I'm teaching third grade next year which is a whole brand new, shiny adventure. I attended a writing workshop which was amazing and beneficial and taught by a wonderful woman. Tomorrow Today, I am headed to a local workshop to work on mapping out curriculum for the entire year. So let me just say this, those of you who think that teachers get the entire summer off... WE DON'T.

I also have several hobbies, including playing the guitar. I'm not very good at playing the guitar, but I have devoted more time this month to learning a few tunes. So far, I can play an E chord, Amazing Grace, Happy Birthday, Jingle Bells, and the first part of St. Louis Blues. I'm sure that I'll never be an all-star ace at the guitar, but its a relaxing hobby that combines my adoration of all things music and something I can share with my dad. Maybe eventually I'll even learn another chord!

Have you been learning this summer?