Monday, September 24, 2012

Me On the Map!

I am so excited to do this activity with my first grade observation class. We are going to talk about ourselves and maps. I will try to snap some photos of the process and the products. I can't wait to hear some of the answers these little ones will come up with and the picture they will draw. :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thirty-One Happenings...

Okay, so in my last post, I said I would post pictures from the Thirty-One National Conference in Atlanta in early August.

I roomed with these 3 lovely ladies that I did not know going into it but they were very nice.

We stayed at the Westin and this was my lovely view from the 41st floor. This picture was take on a hazy day. On one of the days I could see Stone Mountain from the room!

When we arrived, we got an awesome lanyard adorned with many pins. We got pens everyday for every reason you can think of. I loved how positive everyone was and all of the pretty things we received as amenities.

My team. Somehow, I am always the tallest in the group...always.

Dinner anyone? How about for 17,000+ attendees. We had to have 2 nights of awards because the Congress Center couldn't house all of the crazy purse ladies in one room at all of those tables.

Kind of a blurry picture but this was me in the Live it Up balloon on the way to awards/dinner.

It was a long, long conference but it was fun and I learned a lot.

Now that you have seen all of the fun I have had with this great company, how would you like to help me with 2 missions I have?

If you know me, you know I am passionate about all things teaching/education and helping people/animals. I am using Thirty-One to help with two things.

I am going on a Study Abroad Education Trip in May. The total cost is $1800. This includes everything. I am using all of the proceeds from my 31 money to fund this along with generous donations for dear friends/family. In this trip, we will be changing the lives of the students in a few schools in Belize. We will be supplying them with over 500 lbs of school supplies (10 people x 50 lbs a piece). Last year Gainesville State College also gutted their kitchen and supplied them with all new appliances. I am not certain if they will be doing the same for a different scholl or if they have other plans. I am looking forward to taking my teaching passion overseas and sharing it with kids who may not want to further their education or may not think that they can.

My other endeavor is helping Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia raise as much money as they can. Another passion (some say a slight obsession) are my dogs (2 bassets and a doberman/german mix). I have been volunteering as much as I can (mostly raising funds) since about 2007 after I got my first basset (Bogart) and absolutely fell in love with the breed. Since then I have helped foster (and ultimately adopt) a basset who will forever change my mind about Senior basset, Stanley. This organization is amazing. They have NEVER turned down a basset from a shelter or that was found as a stray. That is something that they hold dear to them and that a lot of rescues cannot say. 

If you would like to contribute to either one of these causes AND get amazingly, cute bags/totes/organizers/accessories, please feel free to click and click "My Parties" and find the one you fancy.

ALL proceeds will go either to my travel fund or BHRG.

I want to thank everyone in advance for donations and support in everything I do!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Wow. I went from updating this blog, saying 187 to now saying 76 days!!!!

Since I have last blogged, I completed a summer semester in the Education cohort and started the fall semester, went to my very fist Thirty-One conference, had my very first Bridal shower, and sent out my ACTUAL wedding invitations and I am planning a Study Abroad trip to Belize to help the students with limited resources! :)

 On sadder note, since I last blogged, I also had to say goodbye to one of my best friends. I adopted Stanley from Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia in 2008. I was originally his foster mom but soon failed and adopted him. He was an amazing basset and brought joy into my life and Steven's life. We will never forget the old, stinky man. We miss him dearly but know he is not in pain anymore.

We decided to adopt again a few weeks later after we got Stan back and gave him a proper place in the house. Below is how we memorialized the old man. I eventually moved the urn under the beautiful drawing and the amazing silhouette done by the amazing Tim Arnold.


We waited a little while and found a new large fellow named Nickleby. We are still trying to figure him out but we love him already!

I also had by first Bridal Shower on September 8th. It was AWESOME! Below are some pictures that were snapped by my cousin Marie and my sister Ellie. A lot of the decorations were hand made by me and my sister. 

Me! I was ready to see some faces I have not seen in years.

Adorable decorations. Thank you Ellie for making the invitation picture holder, advice book and the cute burlap flower holder. I received a lot of great advice and some...more interesting ones, haha.

Loved my "Sweets" table. Cupcakes, cake, mints, kisses and sweet tea. All decor, hand made by me. :) Let me know if you want to know how to make the pomander balls or the banner.

TONS of gifts! Thank you everyone!! I loved every single thing. Look out for thank you notes in the mail!

Another gift photo. China!!

All gifts, unwrapped. Bed, Bath and Beyond thanks you for your business! :)

My ribbon/bow bouquet. Oh, and my pre-thank you note on the white-board, haha.

From left to right: Steven's grandmother, My mother, ME, Steven's mother & Steven's Aunt. I really like this picture!!

 We haven't seen them in forever!! L to R: My mother, Ms. Pat, my sister, Teah and ME

I was so done with smiling at this point. I was hot (as you can tell from the pulled back hair, red face and the pompadour that somehow morphed into a point, ha!) 

My China and some other plates given to me found a beautiful home in this antique China cabinet given as a wedding gift from my parent's friend. Love it! Love the color!

I stuck these babies in the mail today. Be on the lookout!!

As stated above, I am trying to get to Belize to help the students over there. We will be bringing them supplies, our knowledge and love. If you can help with a donation, please let me know. Below is a ChipIn I created for easy donations. It goes straight to my PayPal to help towards the expense of going. If you wanted to look at the site from the school, the website is HERE. The website hasn't been updated but all of the info is the same. I promise to post lots of photos!! :)