Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Diaper Cakes

In the fall of 2008, I was in charge of decorations for a baby shower we were hosting at school for my friend, Natalie. So I called on my sweet friend, Julie who is my arts and crafts buddy. She is so creative and talented and she is good at everything! We have gone to several arts and crafts fairs and we are always taking pictures and saying "Oh, we can so do that!" Thus, why I asked for her help! She made one for someone and it turned out so cute so I elicited her for support! She showed me the ropes, taught me her tricks, and ensured me that I could do it! I wasn't so sure! Anyhow, since then, I have hosted several showers and the diaper cakes are always a big hit! (P.S. They are so simple)

Here are just a couple that I have made recently:
Obviously, this is for a little girl. I made it for a shower that my mom, sister, and I hosted for our long time family friend, Leigh, who welcomed her first baby girl, Sydney Kate, in April. There are about 140 diapers in this one and ALL of them are usable. Girls seem to be so much easier for me because you can use more ribbon, flowers, bows, and girly girl stuff. Fluff, if you will!
I hope you can tell that this one is for a boy! I have only made two boy diaper cakes and I will say that they are more difficult. (at least to me) In my opinion, it is hard to make them as precious as the girls without all of the frill! I made this for my sweet friend at work, Erica, who welcomed Hudson at the end of April. The fabric on the center level is the fabric used in his nursery! I always try to use the colors in the nursery so that they can be used for decor at first if desired!!! My favorite parts about this one are the puppies, the fabric, and his name in yellow!!!
Let me know what you think! The end of the year is here and I am off all summer so if you need a centerpiece for a baby shower, I would love to help! :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!!!

Today was 1st grade Field Day at G.E.S!! This year the theme was "Let the Wild Rumpus Begin" and all of the games were based on the book, Where the Wild Things Are! The kids and adults had loads of fun! I am so thankful that it turned out to be a beautiful day!

Let the rumpus begin......
A refreshing snack before the games begin!!!
If a monster can do it.....

Goblin Squeeze....

Rooting on their team!!!!
And they rolled their eyes and showed their terrible claws...

Monster Truck Rally
Sweet girls....

Swamp Monster...

Wild Rumpus....

Monster Feeding time...

Ready for the tug-o-war....
Teacher frog fling...
Prince charming, maybe?
My Sweet Class 2009-2010
Silly Faces......

Let the Wild Rumpus end....

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Like I said in my first post, I have been following blogs of friends, acquaintances, and total strangers for a couple of years and I love it! Today, a friend from high school, Melissa, did this and I thought I would join in on the fun too!

8 TV Shows I Like to Watch
1. Glee
2. Brothers and Sisters
3. The Hills
4. American Idol
5. So You Think You Can Dance
6. Big Brother
7. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera on WE
8. And as ashamed as I am to admit it, The Bachelor

8 Favorite Places to Eat and Drink
1. Swanky's
2. Old Venice
3. Firebirds
4. Silver Caboose
5. Osaka
6. Paulette's
7. Chili's
8. Longhorn

8 Things I Look Forward To
1. SUMMER!!!!!!
2. all of my summer vacations!
3. being completely through with grad school
4. My sister coming home!
5. seeing old friends
6. Ole Miss football
7. my sister's wedding
8. a pay raise

8 Things I am Passionate About
1. my faith
2. my family
3. my friends
4. my first graders
5. Ole Miss football
6. traveling
7. cooking
8. giving

8 Words or Phrases I Use Often
1. Love you!
2. Your face
3. Shut up (in a surprised tone)
4. Get over it!
5. God is so good!
6. Smile!!
7. Hotty Toddy!
8. Go Rebs!

8 Things I Have Learned From the Past
1. God is in Control!
2. True friends are rare.
3. Love with all your heart!
4. Be slow to speak and quick to listen.
5. Forgive easily.
6. Time heals.
7. Unanswered prayers are truly amazing!
8. Live today because tomorrow is not promised!!!

8 Places I Would Like to Visit/See
1. Bora Bora
2. Australia
3. Greece
4. Dominican Republic
5. Los Angeles- to see my sister!!!
6. Hawaii- to see Laura Beth!
7. Panama Canal
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8 Things I Currently Want/Need
1. a new car
2. intersession to be over!
3. summer break
4. a few pairs of cute new shoes
5. a reunion with my girls
6. my to-do list to disappear
7. the beach
8. a NYC trip- I am going through withdrawals!!!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One More Week....

until I get to see my sweet Boothe!!! Is he not the cutest thing ever?!?!?!

His mommy, my best friend/cousin- Laura Beth, is getting married next weekend and I can't wait!! I miss them so much! While it is going to be a quick trip, it will be jam packed full of fun!! I will be so sad when they move to Hawaii but I am so excited for them as they begin this new journey!!!!!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dear Friend!!!

Today is the birthday of one of my most favorite people!!! We have only been friends for just over a year but we already have the most amazing memories!!! I look forward to many more crazy, fun times throughout our friendship!
Happy 31st Birthday, Dae!!!!

March 2010- San Antonio, TX

March 2009 - Ft. Lauderdale

May 2009- NYC

July 2009- Fire Island, New York

July 2009- Philadelphia, PA

December 2009- New York City

Love y'all!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I've got a Masters Degree!!!!!

On Saturday, May 8th, I graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction!!! It was a long, tough road but it was so worth it! I, not only, get a raise but I, also, learned many new ideas that I was able to bring back and apply in my classroom already!!! And.... I finally got to graduate in the GROVE!!!! When I was an undergrad, it rained on my graduation day so we had to move to an indoor facility. It was not as special since the Grove is just so beautiful and a special part of our university!!!
Unfortunately, my family could not be there on Saturday! My mom had knee replacement surgery, my dad was out of town, and my sister lives in LA! While I was disappointed that they weren't there to share this special day with me, I completely understood!! And... I have AMAZING friends who came to support me! Andrea, Natalee, and Jacob all showed up at 8 am on Saturday morning for breakfast and mimosas!!! Michelle, a friend of mine who also graduated, and her family came and joined us as well! We left for Oxford around 8:45! Nick and Jeremy met us in Oxford, as well!! Graduation was at 11 in the Grove and the weather was perfect!!!!
This is me walking down the Walk of Champions in the processional! I love that I am peeking around this lady's fancy do!
Walking across the stage and receiving my diploma....
This is my dear friend, Dr. Rhonda M. Reed! She was actually my master teacher during my student teaching in undergrad! Since then, we have remained just the best of friends and I am so thankful that she came to support me. She taught me sooooooooooo much about being a teacher and I wouldn't be half the teacher I am without her! She is the best teacher that I know.
Me and sweet Andrea acting silly!
We did it!!!!!!!!! Michelle and I showing off our hoods!!!!!
Me and Andrea at our beloved school! She will be finished with her Masters next year!!! YAY!!!!
After graduation, we headed to the square for some lunch! We ended up eating on the balcony at the Burgundy Room/Old Venice! I love their bellinis!!!!! It was kind of chilly but the sun was shining and I had the best time laughing with great friends!!!!
Nick, Jeremy, Me, Andrea, Natalee, and Jacob at lunch! Thank you, dear friends, for giving up your day to come and support me! You will never ever know how very much it meant to me for you to be there! A memory of that day will be in my heart always!!! Love you all!!!!
So, I am basically finished and ready for the summer! Ten days until summer vacation!!!!! YAY!