Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Ancient Fertility Monkeys

About 3 years ago at our cousin's wedding (Kori and Steve), a gift was given by our other cousin (Jama). The gift was the most beautiful ancient fertility monkeys. As Kori opened this beautiful gift, she read the note that went along with them. It said that these fertility monkeys were being sold by a missionary at ACU to help him raise funds for his mission work in Africa. They were pagan idols that would aide in fertility process. As Kori opened these monkeys, she was speechless because they were so "beautiful."

Well Kori wanted to share the wealth of these fertility monkeys so she gave them to her sister for her birthday. Well Becki (Kori's sister) didn't want to keep them for herself either so she brought them to our family white elephant exchange. And Shara (who helped Jama pick them out) ended up with this beautiful gift. Again, the monkeys traveled afar to share their fertility power as they ended up on the other side of the Tome family at the white elephant exchange, and guess who opened them? Jama!

Update: The monkeys were actually bought at Big Lots for around $10 and so far no missionary has used Pagan idols to raise funds. There have been no babies created and the moral of the story is, if you give someone a very ugly gift, be careful because they might give it back to you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


Sunday was our 5 year anniversary. It is hard to believe that it has already been five years. We went down to Austin and got a room at the same hotel that we stayed in when we got married. The room looked very similar to the original, but we couldn't remember the original room number. We got to the hotel about 4 from being with the fam and then got ready and went out to dinner. We went to Pappasidos and it was very, very good. It was a special occasion so we even ordered dessert. We forgot to take our wedding video with us (we usually watch it every year), plus it is on an ancient VCR tape and I didn't see a player there. We will have to get Scott to transfer it over to DVD for us. We are very thankful for our 5 years together and we are looking forward to many more to come.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Man Room

Jonathan has not felt settled in our new house. I know that part of it still just hasn't set in that we get to live here, but he is also a little frustrated because he has not been able to use his "man room." For those of you who don't know, a man has two primary places in the house-the living room and the garage. Our garage has kind of served as our junk room these past two months and we finally got to clean it up a little this weekend. We of course still have a lot to do, but it is looking better.

Jonathan finally got to set up his tool cabinet. And it is very organized. I asked him if he was planning on keeping it this way and he said "Of course!" So I told him that I probably shouldn't use it that much. I did get a key from him and he thought that was a little unfair, but what if I need a hammer or something?

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas Tree dilemma

Since we stayed home this year, we actually got our Christmas decorations up over the Thanksgiving break. It was fun, I think that this is the first time that Jonathan has been home to help me (I usually do it while he is at work). We discovered that we have lots of little Christmas knick nacks (I don't know how to spell that word) that we put on our mantle and in our living room.

We bought a Christmas tree two years ago. It is about 6 feet tall and it looked perfect in our little apartment that we had. Well now it looks very small in our living room here. I guess that is a good problem to have and I think that it will just have to be small for a while. I let Jonathan put the lights on the tree because he is a perfectionist about that kind of stuff and I knew that if I put them on there, he would just redo them anyway. We do need a tree skirt now, so that is on my list for next year!

I have started singing Christmas songs with my kids at school and that really gets me in the spirit! One of my favorite little songs that I sing is called Jacky Jack Frost. The lyrics are

Little Jacky Jack Frost bites my nose,
Little Jacky Jack Frost stings my toes,
Little Jacky Jack Frost climbs the trees,
Little Jacky Jack Frost paints the leaves.

I try to always explain the lyrics to my kids when we sing songs, but that one is a doozy. Try explaining to Pk and 1st graders who have only every lived in Texas what frost and icicles are.

Oh on a good note. You know there is always a debate about Christmas celebration at school? Well I can sing Christmas songs because they are printed in our textbooks and the books were approved by the state. Isn't that awesome?

Saturday, November 26, 2005


We had a great Thanksgiving. Ruth Ann and Chris and their fam came and spent the night on Wednesday. We had fun as Ruth Ann gave a pedicure to my mom, we watched a movie, and we all went to Wal-Mart in our slippers. Its always fun to have people come and stay with you. It was really fun to have a house too, there were places for everyone to sleep!

Then on Thursday we all got up, ate breakfast and started the cooking process. We had cooked a couple of things the night before, but we hadn't started until about 9:00, so we didn't get a whole lot done. Mom had come up to help cook. Since Thanksgiving was at my house, I felt like I needed to cook the turkey and stuff, but I needed my Mom's help. So she was in charge and Ruth Ann and I were her assistants.

We had a 22 pound turkey! Here is a picture.

In total we had 17 people at our house and we had a lot of fun. Quentin got to come up and I haven't seen him in a couple of months, so we enjoyed seeing him. My Aunt and Uncle came up too! Here is a picture of them.

I got to play my flute with my nieces, Kimmie plays the violin, Brittney and Marjorie play the flute too. We had fun making music together. The little ones got a little board watching footballl and watching us cook, so we put a movie on for them. Here is an adorable picture of them.

Overall, we had a great time and I am so thankful for my family. Karen and Scott, we missed you, but we know that you had a lot of fun!

Friday, November 18, 2005


Scott let us ride in his car, it was cool. Now I understand why Jonathan always wants a sports car. When we took off from a stop, my head was actually knocked back. Scott gave us the feel of a real sports car experience. We had a blast with Karen and Scott, here is a good picture of them (I even made Scott smile).


Then we made smores and Karen was druling over them!

The Worlds largest air mattress

After visiting our friends, we went shopping all day with Karen and Scott. We went to boy stores and we got to go to the world's largets Bed, Bath and Beyond. Then we stayed at Scott's apartment because it was a little bigger than Karen's. We were exhausted from shopping and ready for some rest. Scott went out and bought the world's largest air mattress, here is a picture of it and my reaction.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Fun Weekend

We got to go to Dallas this weekend to visit Karen and Scott. It is my birthday this Saturday so Jonathan and I had an early celebration and went to Medeival Times for dinner on Thursday night. It was really cool they had sword fighting, jousting, horse dancing and really good food. There was no silverware, so we had to eat with our hands-that was messy.

We had some time to kill before the show because Karen was still at work and we got almost all of our Christmas present bought, go Target!

Friday we got to sleep late, see a dollar movie and visit some computer stores that we don't have in Temple. Then when Karen and Scott got off work, we went out to dinner and rented a movie.

Saturday we got up early and went to IHOP to eat with some friends from college. Here is a picture of Julie and Casey and their little daughter, Bailey. As you can see, Bailey loves to have her picture taken.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Perks of Being a Music Teacher

We just had a new textbook adoption for music books. The stakes were very high for Texas and both companies really wanted our business. While I did not get to partake in the voting (there were three music teachers at my school and only 2 votes), the company that I was rooting for got the vote. Their textbook actually has some stuff that I might use. You see the books are in some ways written for people who don't know anything about music, and therefore do not cover the curriculum that I teach. But this book actually has Kodaly stuff in it. I have already used like three lessons from it.

Anyway, back to the perks. On Thursday, my ipod came in! MacMillan/McGraw-HIll bought every teacher an ipod that was in a district that got their books. I'm sure that the cost was included in the price of the textbook in some way, but its still cool. The reason they gave us the ipods is so that we can load all of the CD's onto it and not have to use the CD's anymore. We just search through our ipod when we need a song. It is way cool! I have started loading CD's on their and that is a process. It took me about 2 hours to do one grade level, but I know it will be worth it! Go MacMillan!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Fried Chicken

We have lived in our house for about a month now and my parents had not seen it yet. So yesterday they drove up from Austin and we had lunch. My Mom brought her electric skillet and we made fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and salad. It was wonderful! And I think that I might actually be able to make my Mom's fried chicken now. I did discover that I really do need to get an electric skillet though. That way you can regulate the temperature that the chicken cooks at.

We had a very good visit. We sat around and talked after lunch and we gave them the grand tour. My dad checked out the air conditioner, hot water heater and approved of all of the ceiling fans. He and Jonathan watched some football and did the male bonding and he took a nap on our love seat-the most comfortable couch in the world! Thanks Mom and Dad, it was great to see you again!

Speaking of eating, we got to eat on our new table. It has a leaf in it that tucks away inside when you are not using it. It is called the butterfly design, and it is very handy. Here is a picture of it.

On the table are some roses that Jonathan got me the other day. I got home from work Friday night and they were on the table along with a card. The card was beautiful and said how much he appreciates me. I thought he was so thoughtful, it was very sweet. He started a new schedule at work, he works Monday-Wednesday, open-close. Then he is off for the rest of the week. So I got to spend Thursday and Friday nights with him at home. I was telling Mom, I don't know if he has ever been off on a Friday night since we got married. I feel very blessed to be able to see him on a more regular basis now.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Jonathan and I got to go on a retreat this weekend with our young marrieds class at church. It was in a little town about an hour and a half away, but don't ask me what it was called. It was a beautiful facility; they had paintball, volleyball, baseball, paddle boats, and a hay ride. One of the best things about this weekend was that they had cafeteria where we ate all of our meals. We didn't have to clean up, and the food was really good! It was nothing like the places I have always "camped at." But I must warn you so that you are not shocked, that it was not a Church of Christ establishment.

We got there Friday night and played games and talked, most of us went to bed by 11, we are so old. Then Saturday we got up and had about 4 hours of a mini marriage seminar given by the parents of one of our couples in our class. It was very good. We talked about spiritual leadership, roles as husbands and wives, and money. Jonathan and I have declared a war on our debt! They had some good pointers about paying off your debt, and Jonathan and I are going to try to implement them over the next year.

We also got to ride out to the retreat with some of our first friends that we met when we moved here. In fact for a while, they were our only friends. They recently placed membership at our church and it was good to see them again. Here are some pictures from this weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

How do you loose a child in your own house?

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. Lots has happened. Last weekend, I kept Christ and Ruth Ann's little ones, 2 and 3. Jonathan was supposed to be here to help me, but he had to go to his grandfather's farm to help clean up after the hurricane. The kids were very well behaved, I was just exhausted. Wow I gained new perspective because this is the first time that I kept both of them. Go Moms!

Emmy gave me quite a scare on their fist night here. I woke up about 11 and I looked over to check on the kids. They had both fallen asleep in the bed with me. Nathaniel was snoring away, but I didn't see Emmy. I made palates on the floor for them before we went to sleep, so I thought maybe she had gotten up and gone to sleep on her pallet. But I looked there with no luck. I began to look around my room, under the bed, in the closet, no luck. I went into the living room, still no luck. I looked in Jeff's room, I looked in the kitchen. Then I started to panic, "I lost their baby!" then I realized that I had not checked in the office. I opened the door and there she was curled up on the one corner of the fouton that was not covered with boxes. She had to have crawled over a fan that was taken apart and lots of boxes to get there. I grabbed her and hugged her. When I put her back to bed, I made sure to lock the bedroom door so that she could not escape again.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Sleeping Through the Night

For those of you who know me well, you know that I am the biggest scaredy cat. I have never lived by myself except for the couple of days that I lived in our apartment before we got married. So I have never had to sleep at home alone. Well Jonathan closes periodically and it seems to be happening more often lately. He had to close on Sunday night and I wasn't sure how I would do in a new house. I usually try to fall asleep for about an hour, then my mind plays tricks on me and I get really anxious and hot. Then I end up going and laying on the couch and watching TV and dozing until Jonathan gets home. Well I guess I feel completely safe here, I had no trouble falling sleep and I slept all through the night. I think it helps that I have a false sense of safety from our 6 foot fence that surrounds all of the house except for the front windows. So I guess the house is a keeper!

Friday, October 07, 2005

A Sweetheart

Today as I was driving to work, I realized how much I missed Jonathan. No he's not out of town, he sleeps in my bed every night, but I just have not gotten to see him for more than 20 minutes all week. He has been working a lot of hours. Don't get me wrong, the money is good, but I miss him. If he is not closing, he gets home around 10:30 or 11, but I go to bed at or before 10. I get up at 5:45 and am off to work by 6:45, while he gets up for work about 9:30. He did the sweetest thing the other morning. He got up and ate breakfast with me even though he hadn't gotten home from work the night before until like 11:30. What a sweetheart. The way that I knew that I was really missing him...I heard I Will Be There on K-Love. We played that in our wedding and I just started crying. I had to quickly change the station when the song was over, I needed something upbeat. Elementary kids get very worried about you if you are crying! Mix 94.7, a secular station (don't worry I will go down front on Sunday), provided a little rock and roll to get me back on track. I slapped on a smile and greeted all my kids.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What a Weekend

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted, thank you to my loyal readers who actually will look at this even though it has been so long. We closed on our house on Friday! We moved in over the weekend. A group from our church arrived at our apartment on Saturday morning at 7:30 and we totally unloaded and the beds were even put together at our new house by 9:30!

We also got to see Karen this weekend and meet Scott. He was very nice and even laughed at some of my jokes, so of course he is in. He seems really sweet. I hope he realizes that every time he visits, we won't be putting him to so much work.

Poor Jonathan, he has not rearranged the living room about 3 times for me. We finally had to put the piano in the office because we could not fit it and the love seat in our living room. It is kind of a small living room, but don't worry Dad, we are going to get a coffee table for this one.

My bathroom and kitchen are completely unpacked, but I can't say much for any other rooms. I know that it will be a slow process. It is still weird to come home to this house and realize that it belongs to us. I had a renters moment when we moved in. The blinds in one of the bedrooms got bent by a mattress and I looked at it and said to myself, "We better fix those or we will be charged." Then I quickly realized that the blinds belong to us! God has really blessed our lives with this house and we hope that we can find a way to use it for him. Or hopefully we can find many ways!

Thursday, September 15, 2005


There is this series that has been around for a couple of years starring Kiefer Sutherland. It is called 24. It is a show in real time. Each episode is one hours of a 24 hour day. It is action packed and one of those shows that you know is good because you just can't believe how quickly it went by. That is how I know that I had a good lesson at school, the kids say, "Its already over?" I love those days.

Anyway, so I hadn't really heard of this show, but I guess I was behind. One couple in our group at church bought the first season because they loved it so much. They let another couple watch it and then it has been passed around to nearly everyone in our group. Last Wednesday night Steve came up to me and handed it to me. He said, "I heard you were next." I was thinking, next for what. Well apparently there is like a waiting list for this show.

I am totally addicted. But Jonathan is like 4 hours behind me so we can't watch it together. I keep encouraging him to watch some more episodes, but I'm never up at the same hour as him so we couldn't watch it together anyway. I think that the show is still running, but I have not idea when. I will soon find out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Meet Mr. Cool Guy

Koosh balls were the greatest inventions. I often use them in my classroom. But they were hard to find. My Mother-In-Law put an email out to all of the teachers at her school and I now have a wonderful collection of koosh balls. Meet Mr. Cool guy, he is somewhat of a celebrity in my classroom. I throw him to each student as I sing a greeting to them and then they have to throw him back to me as they sing their greeting. He is a hit in all of my classes, PK-5th grades.

The other day I decided to use a different koosh ball for my greeting, I just thought that I would add a little variety. Well kids love what they know! All of them asked where he was, was he sleeping, was he on vacation, was he taking a break. As you can guess I just agreed to whatever the reason that the kids came up for the absense of the Mr. Cool guy. But my favorite response from a 3rd grader was, "Is he (my new koosh ball) one of Mr. Cool guy's relatives?"

You never know what kids are going to come up with. And even though you (the teacher) are totally tired of something, that does not mean that they are even remotely tired of it.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Student Survivors

My heart goes out to all of those people who have been affected by Katrina. I have heard horror stories and received an email cautioning us as we get students who may have seen horrific things happen to family members and friends. We were warned that they might become very scared when it rains or the winds blow hard, that they could regress in behavior up to three years, and they might be very angry or feel guilt. To tell you the truth I didn't know how I would react when I got a student survivor.

My first students came today. First was little, well we'll call him Mark. I always ask my students where they have come from and so I pretended like I didn't know about Mark's situation and asked this question. Well when he responded that he had moved here from the Superdome, my eyes filled with tears. I was just thinking about this sweet little first grader trying to survive among all of those people. I wasn't sure how he would react to class so I was just kind of observing. We were playing a game where one student gets to be the wolf and he can either say that he is there, so he can chase us, or he can make up any excuse why he is gone. Some popular excuses are he went to Wal-Mart, he's brushing his hair, he's taking a nap, etc. But Mark had a turn and his reply was that he was playing the trumpet. That's New Orleans for you.

Friday, September 02, 2005

We Have the Keys!

The keys to our house came in the mail last night. I got to go over and look at it, its been two whole months since I have seen the inside. We are totally excited and I am finally inspired to start the packing process. Here are some pictures of the inside.

Saturday, August 27, 2005


Well for those of you who haven't heard, we are very close to buying our first house. It is very cute and in a good neighborhood. It is only five minutes from our church so we have no excuse for being late. We are supposed to close on Sept. 30th, but the owners are going to lease it to use this month for a very cheap $5 so that we can mow the water the lawn. We went to go and mow today and I discovered why it is considered men's work. I am a big wimp. I mowed the backyard all by myself and then I was spent. Jonathan couldn't understand, but let me tell you it was very hot. The air conditioner was on in the house, we could see it running, but we have no key yet, so all I could do is look in the windows and see the cool air.

Friday, August 26, 2005

It Was a Snickers Day

For those of you who understand the medicinal purposes of chocolate, today was one of those days. As soon as I was done with duty after school, I went straight to the snack machines to find a quick dose.

My day was great, the 5th graders were even corporative, but PK was crazy. PK is at the very end of the day so unfortunately that is what I remember at the end of the day. The deaf ed interpreter was in a meeting and couldn't make it to class, so their teacher had to come with them. I guess I haven't been teaching long enough, because I totally second guess everything that I do when there is someone new watching me. You might be wondering how you teach music to deaf ed students, well that is a whole different story.

So anyway, PK was a little wild and talking out the whole class. They didn't really want to cooperate and then when it was time to line up, we were 5 minutes late and they would not keep their hands to themselves. It was like they had only been making lines for two weeks!

Today I remembered what makes my job so challenging-the different age groups. I have to totally switch gears from 3rd graders to Pk in about 5 minutes. It really messes with your sanity. But at the same time, that is one of my favorite parts of my job, its never the same! The snickers bar was good.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Busy weekend

Jonathan graduated from TSTC on Friday night. I am so proud of him! We had a whopping 23 people there to watch him, it was great. Then we ALL went to the restaraunt to eat. There were so many of us that we had to split up in like 5 different tables. The poor waitresses had to majorly split the ticket between tables. Jonathan and I didn't even sit together-he had to work all of the tables.

We enjoyed seeing our families. Karen got to spend the night with us and came to work with me. It was fun to get to hang out again, but of course it was not enough time. We went to Salado to have lunch with Jonathan's family on Saturday and then we did a little shopping. Don't worry, it was only window shopping.

Jonathan has been off from work the past two weeks to study for finals. It has been really nice to see him every evening, but starting Wednesday he will be working full time at Dominos again. He is taking a semester off of school and then returning in the Spring for diesel mechanics. He will be way over qualified for whatever job he gets, but hopefully he will find one!

The New One

Well we found a good deal on another Toyota for Jonathan. It is a Camry and it seems to be in really good shape. Even though it is in good shape, it is a '92 so some things needed replacing. Jonathan has worked the past 3 days to fix lots of different things. He replaced the timing belt, spark plugs, water pump, and radiator. But the car was so cheap that we have only spent about $100 over our insurance reimbursement so far. We have some very sweet friends who let us borrow their driveway. Our apartment manager really does not like car work being done in the parking lot. She once told Jonathan that he couldn't check the oil. One great part about this car is that it came complete with duct tape!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Here are pictures of the car.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Hug Your Family

Jonathan had a wreck today. But don't worry he is okay, just a little neck ache. He rear ended an 18 wheeler. It was pouring like cats and dogs this morning and a truck two cars in front of him lost control and started spinning. The 18 wheeler slowed down really fast and Jonathan couldn't compensate fast enough because he was hydroplaning. He said his bumper went under the back of the 18 wheeler and pushed his battery and stuff into the engine. Needless to say the car wouldn't start. He thinks it is totaled, but we'll see what the insurance decides. The cops had to declare that he was at fault because he was following too close. Jonathan said he wasn't following very close, the 18 wheeler just came to a dead stop. The cop said he didn't really do anything wrong, but that he had to blame someone. At least he didn't give him a ticket.

So now we have to buy a car really fast, pray that we will find a good deal on a very used car.

Needless to say I came straight home and gave him a big hug!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Back to Work

So today was my first day back at school. We were sitting in meetings with administration and I realized how thankful I should be to be at my school. In case you hadn't read from Karen's blog, I am at a brand new school this year. My principal transferred and I got to go with him. So anyway, back to the meeting. We were in the principals office going over the staff handbook and some of the other teachers started to ask questions about procedures and stuff. I found these things out about the way that other schools are run:

Teachers are not allowed to talk in the halls
Teachers are not allowed to even touch the copier, much less make a copy
Teachers are not allowed to use their cell phones at all
Teachers have to turn their lesson plans in daily to be checked over

None of these things are happening at my school. We are treated like the professionals that we are, no micro-managing.

Friday, August 05, 2005

The President...CORRECTED

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted, thanks for your patience! I graduated from my class and I am now officially a Kodaly Queen!

Jonathan and I got to furniture looking (not shopping) today. We will hopefully be moving in to our house soon and of course we have a wish list. We found a table that has a leaf in the middle that tucks inside when not in use and a beautiful entertainment center thing (you know the kind with doors).

Anyway the reason that Jonathan was off from school today was because the President of COLUMBIA was in town. Anytime President BUSH goes to his ranch in Crawford Jonathan is on lock down in the hanger. One time one of his friend walked out to have a smoke and looked down and there were about 20 red dots on his shirt. No one has ever attempted an escape again. But since the President of COLUMBIA is in town they aren't even allowed to have class. I guess they think that everyone in college is up to no good.


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Doctor's Orders

I have been having trouble with my vision over these past few weeks. I keep feeling dizzy and I just have a hard time focusing. Last weekend I went to the doctor and he found wax on my ear drum. He cleaned it out, which was excruciating pain and then I thought that was it. Well I was still dizzy when I went back to class. I had to wear my glasses a couple of days because I hadn't gotten enough sleep and I noticed there was no dizziness. So I figured out it was my contacts.

I went to the eye doctor yesterday and she said I was putting too much pressure on my eyes. I have to take 2 minute breaks every 20 minutes and my prescriptions had actually swapped and I had to switch my contacts. She ordered me to take a vacation from studying. So under doctor's orders, we went out to dinner and a movie.

We went to see Charlie and the Chocolate factory. I wasn't really all that excited about it, but there wasn't anything else playing. Well I loved it! It was the craziest movie I had ever seen, but it was so creative. The really fleshed out some details behind the story that the 1st version did not. Johnny Depp did an outstanding job of being "odd." It was just what the doctor ordered.


One day during our 5 minute restroom break everyone was looking at my cute screensaver with all of my nieces and nephews. We started talking about cute things that kids say and I of course had lots of things to contribute. Well I told them about my little niece, Emmy. When you ask her a question and she is not sure of the answer or she's not ready to complete a task, she will reply, "Two minutes!"

So the other day one of my classmates was presenting a lesson and the professor stopped him and started to give corrections, it was a lot to take in for him so he looked up and replied, "Two minutes!"

And yes I know I should be at church, Jonathan and I decided to have a devo at home so I could get some sleep.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

We survived!

I have noticed that most of my posts have exclamation points, I wonder if there is something psychological behind that.... Anyway....

So still in San Marcos taking my class. There are three levels of this course. Each year you learn the pedagogy behind teaching certain melodic and rhythmic elements to kids. I remember when I was in level one we got to watch some level three teachers teach their peers in front of us. We call it teaching lab. They were such good teachers, they had beautiful transitions between games and their songs, I was in awe. Then the 3rd week of level one, we had to get up and teach a mini lesson for about 2 minutes, I survived. 2nd level was about 5 minutes, and today I had to teach for 10 minutes. That doesn't sound very long I know. I usually teach kids for 45, but those are kids! Today I had about 40 adults watching me, plus the 3 faculty members who were taking notes and checking my pitch with their tuning fork. But it went pretty well and I learned a lot about the language that we have to use to ask questions to children.

Then the 3 faculty members got in a heated discussion about how to present the concept that we were working on, one eighth note followed by a sixteenth. It was very interesting and they were very passionate about their theories. Who knew that teaching music was so much like a science?

It was such a relief when we were done that my roommate and I decided that we would celebrate and go and get a smoothie. As we were leaving our dorms we looked at each other and thought, I hope no one finds out that we didn't go straight home to start on our homework. That is when you know you are overworked.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

I Love My Husband!!!

Well I just got home from a grueling week at my class. I decided on my way home that the house would not be clean because Jonathan has had a very busy week. I have found that if I don't plan on stuff like that, I am not disappointed. Well as I walk in the living room and dining room they are spotless!! Then I decided to go up to bed for some much needed sleep and I walked in the bedroom and it is cleaner than it has ever been. He even straightened the closet and we can see the floor!!!

Plus on top of that he is working extra hours for the next couple of months to save for our new house. I am blessed.

Wireless Myth

My class had a project to turn in by midnight tonight, but we weren't quite finished so I stopped by a classmate's house in south Austin on my way home to Temple. We worked hard on the assignment, but we didn't quite finish before he had to go on a date. So I told him I would finish it up and email it to our professor. Well I had some errands to run in North Austin and I didn't want to backtrack to Mom's house so Mom and I went to Barnes and Noble; wireless internet right? WRONG! Well not completely wrong. I got a great signal for the internet, but it turns out that you have to pay for the internet kind of like a calling card. Their provider was even SBC (my internet provider) but I have to pay an additional monthly fee to use it away from my home.

No problem, we think, let's just go to Starbucks. We drive over there, same drill but their provider is T-Mobile. So then we drive to some random apartment complex to use someone else's server, but everyone in this apartment complex has a password, they are smart. So we call Mary Ann and she gives us some great advice-Schlotsky's. It works!! We didn't even have to get out of the car. Technology is amazing. There I was typing an email in my car! Anyway, the moral of the story is, if you need internet, it is less trouble to just drive all the way home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I Am Now One of Those People

I am in San Marcos right now taking a three week course in Kodaly. For those of you that don't know, Kodaly is a method of teaching music developed by a Hungarian. They don't really teach you how to teach in college, so that is what this course does. It is very prescribed and very challenging. We have to do this huge song collection which is equivalent to a Master's thesis. My collection currently has around 350 songs in it and it fits in 2 3-inch binders. So I am now one of those people I promised I would never be. I am one of those teachers that must roll a big dorky cart around with all of my stuff in it. I can see all of the college kids here looking at me thinking, "There's one of those people."

Good news. I found out yesterday that they are offering scholarships for graduate credit for these Kodaly courses. At the end of this one, I could have 18 hours towards a masters and I would only need 18 more! So I got the graduate application and the booklet for the GRE and we'll see what happens. Can you believe, I might have a masters degree? The official degree would be a Music Masters with an emphasis in Kodaly. And the funny part is I am going to be done with my thesis before I even take the other classes!

Any advice about the GRE would be appreciated

Saturday, July 09, 2005


I am frantically trying to get ready to leave for my class tomorrow. I have to stay in the dorms for 3 weeks, but I feel like I am packing to move there. If I had a camera, I would take a picture of all of the stuff that I am taking. Now that I am no longer living in a dorm type of space I am used to all of the luxuries. I really wanted to take my toaster oven along, but Karen advised me against that. She informed me that it could burn down the dorm.

So here I am ready to pack the car up so I can leave right after church and one of Jonathan's friends calls to talk. I am so glad that he has friends that want to talk to him, but man talk about bad timing. I think they have been on the phone for a little over an hour and I really need his muscles to help me with all of my junk. I keep giving him the "help" signals, but its just not working. So I guess I will call upon my muscles, here I go!!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Here We Go

Okay so we finally have a blog. Everyone has been bugging me to make one so here I go.

I have been frantically running around trying to make graduation invitations. It seems like such a nice idea to make graduation invitations at home, save money with not too much work right? Well I spent just over an hour looking for a sort of template on the internet to even see what a graduation invitation is supposed to look like. I ran to Staples to buy printing supplies and then spent an hour trying to feed the "special" paper into the printer. That didn't work so I went back to staples and had to buy even more stuff. All in all I think that I only saved about $10 in making my own invitations. The things we will do for our husbands.