Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ramblings....

The wild girl of the house!
My sweet kiddos.

Reading.



The wild girl.


One day, Kenndall fell asleep while she was eating supper. Poor girl was tired.

Tonight is my first class for the fall semester. I am really excited about it. It is a "Naturalistic Inquiry" class, which means nothing to most of you, but is really quite fascinating to an education nerd like myself. I am also taking a Special Education class online, which has already put me in a bit of a foul mood. The problem with being an educator is when I take classes where the teacher uses poor methods of education, it really makes me have a bad attitude toward the teacher, because I think, PLEASE use research that you obviously know to change your methods of teaching to what is effective!! UGH! It is extremely frustrating. I remember my mom using a phrase, that I actually think is from the Bible, "Physician, heal thyself." Which in normal words is, "Doctor, treat yourself!" This is what I want to tell my Special Education teacher. Sigh..... This is why I MUST make a difference in education, so people are no longer enslaved by poor teachers with absymmally archaic teaching methods. Anyway, stepping down off of my soapbox. I am trying to change my crazy brain over from absentminded mother, to professional educator. It is somewhat humerous to think the transition can even be made. The other night as I was on my hands and knees at 4 am cleaning up throw up off the bathroom floor, I was pretty sure that there was no way, this dull brain of mine could even wrap around the concept of "Naturalistic Inquiry". LOL! But, God is good, and each day is a new day, and somehow, He give me the refreshing that I need and the encouragement I need to keep going.
Life around here has been a little crazy lately. I am ready for the kids to start Superkids. I love my sweet children, but they wear me out. Clayton is somehow a mess magnet. That girl just likes to make messes of everything. She tears books, rips up toilet paper, spills drinks, thinks lotion is fingerpaint, thinks cheerios are supposed to be smashed on the floor, and she puts anything in her mouth. I love her because she has enough personality for 10 kids, she is a good helper, and sweet as pie when she wants to be. But, she is a toot. She likes to drive her sister and brother crazy by randomly pinching them or running away with their toys.
Anyway, I need to go and get these children ready so I can go to class tonight.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Look alike?




This is a picture of Brian when he is 15 months old. I found it today and I was struck by how much Clayton looks exactly like her daddy!!








Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Family Reunion and Albuquerque

Ok, so I am determined to be done with my summer vacation pictures. This is the last bit of them. After our week in Kansas, me, the kids and Matt and Brittany drove from Wichita to Pueblo for our family reunion.
We stayed there 3 days and then headed to Albuquerque for a quick visit to Grandma Joyner. For some reason, these pictures are all blurry. Something is up with the resolution, sorry!!

Cooper's favorite part of visitng Grandma Joyner was the ice cream cones!
Kenndall playing with sidewalk chalk on the front porch.

Clayton running on the porch. Notice that both of her feet leave the ground when she runs. That girl always does everything 110%!

The traditional family picture at Grandma Joyner's house.

Kenndall showing Grandma her coloring.


Clayton playing ball.

Kenndall was a great hitter!

Cooper ringing the bell.

Me, Aunt Cindy, and Nat.

All the girl cousins. Me, Tricia, Holly, Tammy, Cindy, and Jessica.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Zoo

This is how we felt by the end of the day.


Cooper and Clayton liked this chimp stature, Clayton ended up kissing it.

The kids on the komodo dragon statue.



The kids and the penguins.


Clayton feeding the giraffe.

Becky, Mya, Cooper, Me and Kenndall.


Cooper with a huge bird sitting on the log right behind him.



Kenndall feeding the giraffe.

The kids next to the bronze lion.



Cooper checking out the tigers.

Here are a few pictures of the zoo. We had a great time. Kenndall was a little scared of some of the animals, but Cooper and Clayton loved all of them. Kenndall's favorite was the birds. Cooper's was the Tigers, Gorillas and Snakes. Clayton just liked all of it.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Kansas

Clayton eating her first s'more!
Kenndall eating her s'more. Her cheeks are red because it was horribly hot that day.

Cooper and Cookie.


Swinging on the porch!




The girls in the tub!


Our trip to Kansas was fun as usual. What a great break from Lubbock, life, and chores! We spent time outside, shopping, at the campfire makes smores, in the pool, etc. It was great. The time flew by! Here are a few pictures of our time there. We also went to the Sedgewick County Zoo, but that will be the next post.