Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!

Before I get started with the outfit fun, I would like to give a HUGE shout out to my sister Leigh Ann and her husband Mike---they have been married today for TWENTY years!!!! Congrats you two---it is an honor to be able to watch you two make this marriage thing look easy. Have an amazing day!

Oh the weather around here is CA-RAZ-IE!!! Hot, cold, hot...winter weather advisory one day and two days later 64!!! Yikes!

Here's to crazy outfits!

White shirt: J.Jill
Sweater: TJ Maxx
Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Steve Madden
Scarf: The Pleated Poppy

Dress: Old Navy
Leggings: GAP
Boots: Steve Madden
Scarf: Old Navy

Black T-Shirt: GAP
Sweater: LOFT
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Boots: Steve Madden

White Tee: Target
Brown Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Steve Madden (holy is like I have no other shoes!!!)

Valentine's Day as a teacher...looks like Little Red Riding Hood threw up on me!
Long sleeve tee: Target
T-shirt: made by a friend
Pants: LOFT
Shoes: Rack Room (Bjorn)
Dirty mirror...courtesy of Caroline's fingerprints!

Linking up with:
pleated poppy

Momma Go Round

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

The day of LOVE....but for teachers it is the day filled with endless excitement and lots of sugar for everyone and can most often times be worse than the day of Christmas parties!!! I mean look at what my desk looked like THIS morning before the first bell rang!!!!

Mark loves Valentine's Day! Not because he loves to celebrate how much he loves me but because he loves to go through my bag when I get home and see the loot!! haha

Caroline wanted to make goodie bags as her Valentines but Will and I decided to Pinterest it! We went with the ipod from Living Locurto. So cute I thought!

Start with Mark's favorite candy...the 1 oz. box.

Print out this printable from the website above and wrap it around the candy hearts box.

And voila! You have an ipod...sort of! :) I have seen people go so far as to attach yarn/string and rolos on the end of that and add earphones. I went the easy earphones! :)

Regardless, I hope today, the day of love, is filled with just that for you. And I hope you all know that regardless of who there is in your life right now who may or may not love you, that you have a Heavenly Father who loves and adores you. He would like nothing more than for you to give your heart fully to him today!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

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Friday, February 10, 2012

I made this bet....

OK--I made a bet.

Yes, my sweet pastor has told me all about the evils of betting.

Obviously, based on the title, I did not listen to his wisdom.

I am North Carolina graduate.

I made a bet with my sister, Leigh Ann, who is a Duke graduate, on the game that took place Wednesday night. I made the bet when I was fairly certain WE would win. It was taking place in OUR house (you know, in Chapel Hill, not Durham), we were ranked higher, and I just believed we were better.

So, I made THIS bet. We are all going to Disney World at the end of this month and I said this: Winner brings tee shirt from their team and loser has to wear it one whole day and get their picture taken with Mickey. Then it had to be posted on Facebook. Leigh Ann doesn't even have a Facebook. See how confident I was?!

I had the tee shirt all picked out for Leigh Ann to wear.

Then the unthinkable happened.

We lost. Holy cow. We lost!!!

But my sister Leigh Ann said I do not have to wear a dook, I mean, Duke shirt at Disney if I would write a post about it, show this picture and say, "Go Duke." (even though I told her I still would and that I would have TOTALLY made her wear a Carolina shirt).

This hurts, but...

Go Duke.

Her poor dog. Relax. I have already reported her for cruelty to animals.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Lesson in Timing

Being a teacher, I constantly tell my students that they will never quit learning. This is usually met with many moans and groans because at the ripe old age of nine they are so ready for summer to be here--where they think they don't learn anything.

I have to tell them that all of their learning does not and should not happen only at school...but they will learn for the rest of their lives. I usually add that some may want to go ahead and learn those manners that I have desperately been trying to teach them NOW just to save some heartache later....but they don't believe me. Ya' know---cuz they are SOOOO much smarter than me!

Anyway, Tuesday I was feeling sluggish, tired, exhausted, worn out, dead-dog bleh! I was talking to a fellow teacher who said she felt the same way. We both lamented the fact that we went to bed earlier than ever (old, I know) and that it wasn't that I was waking up in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep...we just weren't RESTING is what we came up with. We had so much on our plates and so we couldn't relax.

I walked away from that conversation feeling better that at least it wasn't just me (misery likes company, right? HA).

I should probably insert here that I totally skipped my quiet time Tuesday. TOTALLY. I did not even try to make it up later in the day. TOTAL SLACKER! I own it. I am not proud of it, but it is what it is.

So Wednesday, I got up early to work out and have my quiet time before I got ready for school. I read in my Jesus Calling book for today and it was great. It talked about how He is there to help me through all of my problems and even if I have to utter "Help me Jesus" one hundred times in a day--do it! And He will be there to help! I thanked Him, thinking about how I had felt Tuesday and how I was feeling already so early that morning.

I don't usually look back at past days in Jesus Calling, even if I miss them. I don't know why...just something I don't do! But I looked at Tuesdays...and this is what I read:

"Come to me for rest and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you, and you are bone-weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life."

I got chills!

And that is just the first paragraph. He knew how I would feel Tuesday and He had already provided an encouraging word for me. But I chose not to hang out with Him--I chose to sleep a little more instead and therefore missed His blessing.

He is an ON TIME God---He chooses all of the time to bless us--but we have to walk with Him and hang out with Him in order to receive the blessing. He is an on-time God, but I was not an on time child. I missed what He had for me Tuesday. He was gracious enough to share it with me the next day, but how might that have changed my day on Tuesday? I will never know.

Trust Him, trust His timing and then be faithful to spend time with Him so you don't miss out like I did.

It's all about being in the right place at the right time!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!

I totally forgot to take my picture at home and so I did in front of the mirror at church. Kinda gross but there was no one else in there! :) I forgot to suck in too...looking pregnant, though I am in no way in that state!!!

Black shirt: Target
Grey tank: Matilda Jane
Pants: NY&Co
Shoes: Rack Room (Bjorn)


White tee you can't see: Ann Taylor
Skirt/Dress: Belk
Boots: Ariat (on ebay a few years ago)
Jean Jacket: LOFT

Gray shirt: Target (cuffs are super tight...not my fave)
Sweater: LOFT
Jeans: Buckle
Shoes: Rack Room (Bjorn)


Black Tee: Old Navy
Sweater: LOFT
Black Pants: Ann Taylor
Boots: Steve Madden (DSW)

Linking up with:
pleated poppy

Momma Go Round

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Wild Ride...

I have mentioned on here before that I am one of the coaches for Will's basketball team. The other coach is another mom and the two of us together are as competitive as two people can be. We want to win and we HATE to lose.

Yes. I said hate.

The beginning of the season we had to play some tough, tough teams---and we probably did too much coaching (after all, these boys are just 9 and 10) and we did not allow the boys to have fun. We lost more than we were winning...unfortunately...and many of those games were lost by only 1 or 2 points. Heartbreaking.

And for such competitive coaches it was devastating.

Then my wise father, former college basketball player, said to me, "Paige. Are the boys even having fun? Are you? Make it fun for them and their skill level will show in their play."

So we sat down and told them to relax. We told them WE would relax. And we told them to have fun.

Cue the next game. I just KNEW we were gonna win.

We didn't.

I began to think that is was perhaps the coaching...umph! Nice gut check. We had such skill on our team and yet we couldn't show it on the court.

The last two games of the regular season were staring us in the face. We were 3-5. The league has two tournaments-a Gold Tournament and a Silver Tournament. The gold had the requirement that you had to be 5-5 to be considered. The silver was anybody with less than a 5-5 record.

Our boys did not want to play in the silver. In fact, a few of them said to me that they would rather not play if the silver was the only option. WOW. I even heard one say, "Who wants to be the winner of the losers?" :)

So, I sat them down and told them that they had to win their last two games in order to go to the gold. And do you know what they did? They stepped it up. Boy oh boy did they step it up! We won both by about 10 and one by 1 in the last few seconds of the game.

So we were off to the gold. We had to play a team in the first round that had beaten us by 3 in the regular season. Our game was at 1 and we asked the parents for them at 11 so we could shoot around, get warmed up and do some team building.

We won that game by 18.

I should insert here that the boys in our family (Will and my nephews) had been learning some BIG lessons from God. Take a stand for Him and He will show up. My nephews did just that with their basketball team and He showed up on court with them. Will wanted to make that stand...and timidly did, but not in the same way. He asked God to help him be an example to his team. He wanted to be a good leader and show others how he relied on God to help him. He prayed before his games and told God that no matter what He would give Him the glory. As the mom, I was begging God to let them win their Will could see He was with him too, just like he was with Joey and Josh.

God showed up in that first game of the tournament big time for Will.

Next up in the tournament were our arch rivals.

The other team from our same school. Beat us by 1 in the regular season on a last second 3 pointer. They were undefeated. They were talking trash already.

Our game was an 8 o'clock game. We asked for the kids at 6 so we could warm up, shoot around and I wanted to show them the deathcrawl scene from Facing the Giants. Go watch it here if you have not ever seen it or if it has been a while.

We left to go to our game together. We did our new team cheer walking in the building--taken from the movie "Red Tails" Will changed the words to "Til the last bucket, til the last minute, til the last second, We fight (we fight), We fight (we fight)."

And fight we did. We won! Yeah! 31-23. And Will had 13 points! Holy cow. His best game ever. Thank you, Lord. There was a time in the game when Will was being beat up and he came over to the timeout crying--and Jill looked at him and said, "This is your deathcrawl moment!" The look on his face was priceless!!

So on we march...and our next game was up against a totally stacked team (seriously, they are a travel team and have beaten everyone this year by about 30). They were the defending league champs from last year. We met early. Served them dinner. Traveled to our game as a team.

At the end of the first quarter the score was 4-4. We took a deep breath. Maybe it was too deep. Halftime score was 19-6. We battled back...we got within 8. But they were bigger and stronger and our awesome team was DONE! They played hard but they were exhausted! We lost. 46-32.

But I have never been prouder.

I am so proud of how Will came on strong this year as a player.

And I am super proud of this team! We entered the tournament in 11th place and finished in fourth! Yeah, I would have liked to have been the winner, but in so many ways we were. Coaching was the hardest thing I have done in a long time!!!! But the rewards hugely outweighed the difficulties!

It was one wild, fun, amazing ride...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!

White shirt: J.Jill
Black Sweater: Ann Taylor
Black pants: LOFT
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips

Blue/white shirt: LOFT
Jeans: Buckle
Boots: Ariat
Did you notice the new accessory? Yeah, I am old. Can't see. Had to get glasses!
Ring: Silpada
Scarf: Blue Corduroy

I like the no glasses look better!

White tee: Target
Shirt: LOFT
Pants: Matilda Jane
Boots: Araiat

Gross bathroom at work photo!
I forgot to get one at home!
And I forgot to take the glasses off!
Anyway-Dress: Matilda Jane
Scarf: Ann Taylor
Boots: (look below) Ariat

Yall really should link up with us---this is so much fun!!!!

pleated poppy

Momma Go Round

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