Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

Adoption, blended families, pets, school, running...it's all here. Pull up a chair and read a while. After you do, please leave a little comment love! It makes me happy...and y'all know...if Momma is happy, then everyone is happy...at least at our house!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Game Night

Yes, I know I skipped Christmas.  I'll get to that in the next few days...maybe...

Last night we had fun playing a silly game called "Hopla!"  I found it while doing some last minute Christmas shopping.  The box claims that it is a "hilarious game requiring steady  nerves and skillful patience."  It also says, "Every person will find themselves roaring with laughter and amusement."

It was pretty fun and there was lots of laughter.

How do you play Hopla?

Basically you flick the cones with a steady hand, watch the cups fly and score the hightest value in the Hopla net.

Choose your favorite color cones.

Smile because Momma has her new camera out AGAIN....




Flick that cone!

Hey!  Your cone landed inside my cone!  You stole my points!

Cones also make great nose warmers...


A mid-game snack break for some puppy chow...
Which piece has the most chocolate-peanut butter-powdered sugar on it?
Because that's the one everyone wants!

When a Hopla cone lands in the chandelier...
Game over!



Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Tree Unfolds

A long time ago, I bought a little artificial Christmas tree.

And when I say little...I mean little!
As in less than four feet tall.
Just big enough for a string of lights and a few ornaments.
Just big enough to make our little townhouse look a little Christmas-y.

It was perfect for Momma and G.
The first cat, too.
The second cat...well...nothing is perfect around him.

Then I got married.
And my perfect little tree wasn't perfect any more.
It was just little.
And it made me feel sad instead of Christmas-y.

So on Monday night, Brian, Gloria, and I set out in search of our new, full-sized, unlit artificial tree.
(I'm allergic to pine trees...no real tree for us!)

Keep in mind that it was one week before Christmas Eve when this search began.
I failed at one store.
Brian failed at another store.
We failed together at yet a third.
But at the fourth store...success!
A 7.5 foot tall, unlit, prefect tree!

That then took three days to put up and decorate.

It went something like this...

The tree had to be assembled.
And each branch had to be separated and spread out and positioned just right.


Of course a big tree equals a big box.
And a big empty box must be promptly inspected.

Each branch must be thoroughly sniffed and checked out.

The lone ornament on our tree after the hour and a half of assembly and fluffing...

Remember how I said that my old tree was just big enough for a string of lights?
We needed more than a single string of lights for our new tree.
Search number two began for white lights.
Several stores were fails.
But Momma and G were successful with a "whim" stop on the way home from school on Tuesday.

So then the tree had lights.

And on Wednesday night, the tree finally had ornaments on it!

Our first family ornament, from a friend at work.
I was so touched by this when she gave it to me.
Thanks, Maureen!
(yes, you have a first name!)

This one is for my mom...
Yes, Mom, it's on the tree in a place of honor.



We all agree that we love our tree.  
And it's OUR tree.
And it definitely makes our house feel more Christmas-y.
Which makes me happy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 1, 2012

Photo from Brian's Uncle Roger


Saturday, December 1, 2012

The day we had been planning for months had finally arrived.

I had been sure that our southern city would experience the first ever blizzard on that day...
just because I was getting married.

But no such weather phenomenon occurred.
The day was sunny and bright, the temperature showing about 58 degrees.
Perfect.
Simply perfect.

And that was how the rest of the day was...
Simply perfect.

Both of my sisters-in-law came over in the morning:
Jamie to do everyone's hair and Martha to document the preparations with her camera.

While that was going on, Brian was putting everything in his car:


Three blue dresses plus one wedding dress, along with several bags of shoes, make-up, and I don't know what else filled the back of his car.

We ended up running late.
It takes a while to do hair for five, but Jamie did a great job!
Brian and Maggie left for the church while the rest of us finished up at our house.
I followed with Gloria, Molly, and Martha a little bit later.

Nothing like being late and rushing to the church on your own wedding day!

Once we were at the church, we all finished getting ready and dressed.

There were so many great pictures that Martha took while we were getting ready.  
I can't wait to get those printed.  
And we are anxiously waiting the pictures our photographer took.

Here are our altar flowers, repurposed as the centerpieces at our reception.
(Fortunately, the historic hotel where we had our reception was only a block away from our church, so our flower designer/decorator raced the flowers from the church to the hotel when the wedding was over.)  I was thrilled with our flowers:  bouquets, boutonnieres, headpieces for the girls, arrangements for the altar.  Todd did a great job!

When we got to the reception, I couldn't wait to see our cake.
It had been designed just for us over the summer, and to see it as more than a pencil sketch...it took my breath away.  It was, as I said at the beginning, simply perfect.



A few pictures from the reception:

I can actually see family resemblance with my brother in this picture.


Mingling with our family and friends.


First dance...


My sweet, beautiful girl
From Brian's Uncle Roger

The wedding party
Also from Brian's Uncle Roger

As I look through the pictures that Martha took, I see such joy and happiness.
A wonderful beginning of the rest of our lives.

I have been so overwhelmed by the love shown to us by friends and family during this time in our lives.  It has meant so much.  This is a big transition for all of us, but the beginning was perfect, simply perfect.

And now...the title of my blog doesn't work any more.
We are no longer "Momma and G and the Cat Makes Three...Then Came One More and Now There are Four..."
Now there are three more people and a dog.
Any thoughts from anyone?

Also, I now have a "real" camera instead of my little point-and-shoot or my phone.
I have been trying to learn how to take pictures, so once I figure out how to get those pictures out of my camera and on to my computer, I can share what else we've been up to the past few weeks.


Ni Hao Yall

Friday, November 30, 2012

Top Ten Signs You Know You're Getting Married

10.  You take a "time out" from planning to go to a football game!  Even if it is so cold you can't feel your fingers and toes underneath the layers of warm clothes!  What fun we had watching Vandy win at Wake Forest last Saturday.  


9.  While at the above mentioned football game, you learn that your rehearsal dinner you thought was planned is suddenly non-existent.

8.  You spend two days, less than a week before the wedding, trying to find a place to have a rehearsal dinner.  You ask everyone you know, and even some people you don't.  And finding a place that can host 35 people, at the last minute, the same weekend that the ACC championship game is in town while other folks are already having holiday parties, and stay within your budget feels like you have just won a championship of some sort! (And your principal is the one who suggests the location that ultimately becomes the venue.)

7.  Boxes arrive periodically at the front door, courtesy of UPS or FedEx.  The boxes usually contain gifts, unless you live at my house...


6.  You can go from giddy with excitement to overcome with stress in less time than it takes to sneeze.

5.  The above mentioned stress can be eased with chocolate.

4.  You realize you need a shirt that buttons instead of one that pulls over your head so that you don't destroy your wedding day hair-do.

3.  You have blue toenails to go with the color scheme of your wedding...because blue fingernails would not look very nice in pictures!  ;)

2.  You serve dinner to your parents and your soon to be in-laws on Thursday night so they can meet each other for the first time before the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner/wedding all takes place.  If you ever wonder what to serve...homemade lasagna, salad, and rolls with a chocolate mousse pie for dessert is perfect.

1.  This is what it looks like at the top of the stairs at your house...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Football Weekend

So, what's a girl to do when her wedding is only 5 weeks away?

Take off for a weekend of college football, of course!

So that's exactly what we did last weekend.

(Which means our wedding is now 4 weeks...really 2 days less that that since it is now late Sunday night...)

The best picture of the weekend came from my sister-in-law, Martha...


My other favorite picture was one I took at the aquarium on Sunday afternoon.



Uncle Will lost a bet with Gloria and dressed up like Aubie for this game.
                                         


Brian let his Auburn spirit shine through...even though we got trounced by Texas A&M.





On Sunday afternoon, after a day at the aquarium, we ate dinner--with some YUMMY onion rings--before heading home.


And here we are, a week later...a week closer to the wedding...

Football, anyone?!?

Ni Hao Yall

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Writing Assignment


Today I had a writing assignment.  Thought I would share it with you...

If you had asked me twenty-one years ago why I became a teacher, I would have said, “Oh, because I love children!”  Today, that same sentiment is still true, but there is so much more to it than just a love of children.  I do love children.  But there is great joy to be found in working with them day to day and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they finally master that challenging math concept or realize that yes, they really CAN read that book they have been longing to read.  For me, teaching is not just presenting lessons and checking homework, writing lesson plans and reading stories.  It is my way of life.  Each year, my 18 or 23 or 27 students are at the center of my thoughts—I wake up in the morning thinking about the day ahead, with a goal of doing something that day will make tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year just a little bit better for my students.  I spend my days teaching, listening to, talking with, and loving them, and I fall into bed at night reflecting on our day together and how the next day can be better.  Am I perfect at what I do?  Far from it!  But each day is a chance to improve both myself as a teacher and my students as citizens in our classroom and in the world around them.  And that is what is so awesome about being a teacher.

Monday, October 1, 2012

60 Days!

It's October first... 
In thirty days, it will be November first...
Thirty days after that, it will be December first...

December first.

12-1-12.

Our wedding day!

In just sixty days.

It's hard to believe sometimes.

I'm forty-two.

I adopted my daughter almost nine years ago, as a single momma.

I've been teaching for twenty years. (YIKES!!)
 
I've been to grad school. Twice.

I've lost my grandparents.

I've seen my parents move from my childhood home.

I've watched my brothers get married.

I have two precious nieces (who I don't get to see enough!).

There's even Hannah Cat and Screamer.

I have even learned to enjoy a football game or two on fall weekends. Who thought THAT would happen?!?

And now...I'm getting married. 

(I think at this point in my life, that probably falls in the category of "Who thought THAT would ever happen?!?" too.  Maybe even moreso than learning to enjoy football!)

So there we have it.

Sixty days from today, I will be saying "I do" to the man I am madly in love with.

And I can't wait!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Farewell Summer

Summer has ended...at least according to the calendar.  Mother Nature, on the other hand, can't quite seem to make up her mind, although we have had some gloriously cool mornings recently.

I was looking back at some of my summer photographs and found several that I love, or think are cute, or just show things that I enjoyed over the summer months.

Indulge me, if you will...
Love these two special people...my guy and my girl!
And I have enjoyed seeing their relationship grow.
Sunset at the beach...
Ahh...
Brian's first trip to the Peabody Hotel.
I loved the excitement on his face when he saw the ducks swimming in the lobby fountain.
Momma and G enjoying some cold summer deliciousness.
One of our trips to the children's library.
What is there to say about this...it's perfect...sand, ocean waves, my girl...
Hannah Cat really likes my new bedspread and pillows.
So do I.
Now if we could just get those walls painted...
My FIRST EVER pedicure done by someone other than myself!
Loved the "Paint My Moji-toes Red."
And my animal print sandals.  ;)

Hannah Cat's new hiding place...on the bottom shelf of my bedside table.

Ni Hao Yall