Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May...Captured on Camera

Hello friends! Did  you think I had disappeared for good? It has been a month since I last posted  so I thought I better take a few minutes to share what I have been up to. The last time I posted was May first and today is June first, so I thought I would share my month of May in photos. 

The beginning of May was teacher appreciation week and we had lots of special treats and events at school. One of my little sweeties bought me a bottle of Bath & Body Works hand soap with this cute note attached. He wrote it himself. :)

I bought myself a pretty miniature rose at the grocery store after work.

I made my own planner for school. I created all the inserts myself. I am loving it and can't wait to use it next year. I will share it soon. Here's the cover.

We had a really cool morning earlier in May. It has been really hot already, so this was nice!

I have a teacher's aide for an hour each day to help with literacy centers. She gave me this sweet cross made by another co-worker. 

This is a common sight where I live. I love fields full of hay bales and the wildflowers growing in the ditches complete the perfect picture.

The hubby and I had a yummy lunch out at Longhorn.

I bought myself some beautiful new washi tape.

I spent a lot of time with my fur babies! Rooster is growing like a weed!

I participated in the Relay for Life. One of the groups that participated had shirts made in honor of my friend Heather who has been battling Stage 4 colon cancer for 2 1/2 years. She is currently doing great! Tomorrow she goes in for a PET scan and I'm praying she gets good news again.

The day after the relay, I had a family reunion at Shired Island. This is a local Gulf of Mexico beach area that is enjoyed by everyone.

My sister and I had a girl's day out the following day and went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. blackberry French toast, YUM!

My kiddos had Field Day at school. I had several kids win various events. They had a blast!

My kinder team and I took a day off work to get together and plan for next year. We were excited to get to go out to lunch together off campus that day. A rare treat! We went to a Greek restaurant. I had Spanakopita which is a savory pastry filled with chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, egg, and seasoning. It was tasty!

I made a new fruit salad when my friends came out for planner night. We try to get together every week or two and work on our planners and visit.

I also made homemade guacamole to go on the wraps I made. I have actually made this several times this month. I love this stuff!

I captured an adorable picture of Rooster asleep on the couch (which he is NOT supposed to be He is not very modest!

My gardenia had tons of blooms in May. I imagine heaven must smell like a gardenia. 

I went to the dermatologist for the first time and afterward I took Mama out to lunch at Chili's. We shared some Southwestern egg rolls. 

My nephew Nathan graduated high school. So proud of this kid!

My Aunt Loretta invited my sister and I to eat a good old southern supper with her last weekend. I promise I don;t just eat all the time...but I do like to photograph my food at times. :)

Speaking of my sister...check out her beautiful hydrangea and hibiscus. 

I caught Rooster in my chair.....again! He loves my chair and sneaks up there every chance he gets. LOL! That white spot on his head is his recently acquired scar. He is a klutz and ran into something under our truck and cut his head. Silly boy! He falls up the steps constantly!

I put together a little parting gift for my kinders along with a DVD of pictures set to music for our year together. I cried and cried looking at them. My how they grew up over the past 10 months.

Yesterday was out Water slide party day. The fire truck came and sprayed the giant water hose for them to play under as well. Out kids love this day and look forward to it each year. 

After we came back inside and changed into dry clothes, I let them play. They were allowed to write on the whiteboard and I found this sweet message. It is supposed to say...Thank you for teaching us. Great job considering at the beginning of the year, some of these kids couldn't even write their name! 

And, last but not least, I made this for the teacher's aide I referred to above. She was a true blessing to me this year. I will miss her next year but I have another awesome aide coming to help. Excuse the background here but I almost forgot to snap a picture of it, so I stopped in the hall on the way to her room and took a picture to share. 

This takes me to today! Today was the last full day of school. Tomorrow is the last day and a half day. Most kids won't be fact, I only had 6 today. We are having a breakfast for some faculty and staff that are transferring to other schools or moving away. I have been busy putting together some french toast casseroles for that. I am looking forward to tomorrow evening because I will be getting together with my sister and friends, Jeana and Heather to celebrate my birthday a little early. June is a busy month for all of us and this was the only day we could do it. We will be having dinner and swimming at Jeana's. She had a beautiful new pool put in last year. Sunday is my birthday and I leave Monday to go to Washington DC with our school Safety Patrol kids. I am super excited! So, chances are I will not be blogging for a week or two, but I will as soon as I can. I am looking forward to summer to catch up with blogging and some other things. Have a beautiful rest of the week!
Until next time.....


  1. Wow, you have been super busy. Happy birthday early. Isn't Miranda coming home soon?

  2. I know how busy the end of the school year is! Sounds like you have been spending great time with family and friends and your little Kinders. I hope June is a great month for you. My Mom is moved next door now and I'm so happy!

  3. Time does have a way of creeping us on us and flying by, doesn't it?! I've been thinking about you and was happy to see your post in my inbox this morning. I figured you had been busy with end of year school stuff, among other things.

    It must be bittersweet every year when you have to bid goodbye to your students. They are so cute at that age. Now, if you taught middle school maybe you'd be kickin' them out the door ;).

    Rooster cracks me up! In fact, not to take anything away from him, but every dog cracks me up when they sleep like that. lol Not modest is an understatement, but maybe we could learn from them :).

    Happy early birthday! Enjoy your time with your friends and family.


  4. You had a busy and fun month!

    So happy for you that school is over by the time you read this. I imagine you have lots of trainings this summer, but I'm sure you will have lots of creativity time.

  5. It seems like you've had a month full of good things. It so nice to find folks that enjoy the same things I do. I mean there's something about Crackerbarrel and a field cut and all those rolls. I just love'em! I hope June is as wonderful to you as May was.Have a very blessed day!

  6. It seems like you've had a month full of good things. It so nice to find folks that enjoy the same things I do. I mean there's something about Crackerbarrel and a field cut and all those rolls. I just love'em! I hope June is as wonderful to you as May was.Have a very blessed day!

  7. Dang have been busy! ;)
    It looks as though you had a wonderful month of May. I love the gift you made for your aide. That is amazing! And that silly MIL's pup is very clumsy too, I think its because he's so low to the ground. Bassets...
    We've already been camping once and we will be going again next week. This summer is pack with lots of trips and many things to do.
    Enjoy your trip with the kiddos!
    Hugs, Amy

  8. Looks like a fun and relaxing month for you Vicky! I was beginning to wonder what happened to you!


  9. Wow!!! I got tired keeping up with your month . . . I think I gained a couple pounds, too LOL. Happy Birthday and have fun in Washington DC . . . I wish it were Washington state, because I could meet you sweet friend.
    Connie :)

  10. Hi Vicky, wow you have been so busy. I'm glad you are ok! I bet you are so happy that school is almost over. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Take care and enjoy.

  11. You have been busy. Enjoy your summer and that cross you made is precious. I sincerely love it. May have to copy you!!!

  12. Whew! You had a busy month of May. Rooster's face tells you that he knew he wasn't supposed to be in your chair...such a cutie.

    I love the gift you gave our teacher's aid and I'm sure she does too.

    Can't wait to hear about your trip to DC and see your photos.

    Happy Early Birthday to you!

  13. You have been VERY busy! Hope you have a fabulous trip to DC and a relaxing summer :)

  14. Oh...I almost forgot the most important thing to say...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  15. I hope your summer vacation is relaxing and fun! Happy Birthday!

  16. Loved reading about your May, but now I'm hungry! ;) I know you are looking forward to the end of school year and some summer relaxation!

  17. Thanks for sharing your May with us. You have been a busy girl. Happy Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful summer and get some relaxing time in!

  18. Hi Vicky,
    Boy, you've been busy! But having a blast, it seems. Happy birthday to you too! I'm sorry I'm just now reading this; I was at the farm for over a week and the Internet is practically non existent there, so I'm playing catch-up. Rooster is too adorable. It is good to hear from you!

  19. Hello dear Vicky! Oh, how I enjoyed my little visit with feels as if life has been on the fast-forward button lately and the days are flying by...{{smiles}} I loved seeing what ou've been busy with - I am sure your children must love having you as their teacher...just look at all the fun thinsg you make and do with and for them! Aww!
    And you have a new puppy dog? Rooster...what a cute name!
    Vicky...was it really your birthday? Oh my, wasn't it just the other day? {{Smiles}} Wishing you a very happy {belated} birthday!
    Have a truly beautiful new week...thinking of you and sending you much love!

  20. Hi sweet friend! You certainly have been busy :) It was a joy to "catch up" with you and I'm so glad you're doing well.

    Rooster is absolutely precious! What fun you must be having :)

    Wishing you a glorious week. Hugs!


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