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Monday, October 7, 2013

ALGOOD GIRLS SOCCER: Algood repeats as district champ

ALGOOD GIRLS SOCCER: Algood repeats as district champ: ALGOOD — The Algood Middle School girls soccer team completed the 2013 soccer season undefeated in the Upper Cumberland middle school conference regular season and won the post season tournament on...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

iPhone pictures

A few weeks ago (o.k., I started this post a few weeks ago. . .now it's more like a month or so ago) my sister gifted me with her iPhone.  Previously I had used a "regular" phone from Wal-Mart, insisting that it was OK.  Every once in a blue moon I would say "if I had a smartphone. . ." but in reality it was really o.k.  I had a Kindle Fire.  And a camera I carried around all the time anyway.  But this phone?!? 

Magic I say.  Magic.  I love it :)

Looks like Miss Margaret broke in the cameraphone for me. . .I didn't even realize this was on there until I saw it downloaded on my computer :)

Marie helping me paint our dining room chairs!  She was instrumental in helping me choose the colors too -- she rocks.

I'm assuming this is a selfie because I can't imagine I took it. . .and I can't figure out where we are either. . .??

This was my picture of the day for June 22, taken at 12:14 p.m. (love the details the phone stores for me!!)

AR training one night. . .I like the ability I have to instantly post to FB :)

We didn't make many of these sessions this summer and the kids really missed it.

One day when I was on campus I went up to my classroom and sent a picture of my newly repaired floor to my husband -- maintenance did a great job fixing it.  Then an hour later I found out that this would NOT be my classroom this school year :(

I can also take video and immediately show Margaret what she is good at and/or what she needs to improve on (not that I would know -- she's good at critiquing herself though).

I like taking pictures of my kids with their friends and sending the picture to their parent when they can't be there to enjoy the fun :)

 One day I came across these pictures in a storage container upstairs.  Obviously the "cousins" picture has some damage so I took a pic and sent it to my sister, thinking she might have a copy somewhere.  She didn't :(

My completed dining room chairs :)  LOVE them!

Obviously Marie didn't want me taking her picture. . .even though I had just bought her a treat. . .

I love where I live. . .
Another picture of the day (July 2nd)

Posting a picture on FB of things I was removing from my bookshelf. . .did have one person want one cookbook. . .off to GW with the rest!  Don't worry, I still have an entire shelf full of cookbooks. . .

Another advantage of the iPhone. . .writing a note to the maintenance staff and then documenting the date and time that I posted it (so it can't get "lost") and e-mailing it to myself for reference -- ha!

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Shopping is great because I can take pictures of different items to send to Tom for his opinion, or just to keep and refer back to. . .

Another picture-of-the-day and snapshot of LIFE. . .taken July 14th at 9:15 p.m.

My freshly-painted, in-progress "cousins" wall. . .that top left picture is still driving me nuts -- I need to re-position it -- and I eventually want to paint the word that size, hence the paper taped to the wall.

Capturing a full rainbow on the soccer field and my new favorite picture of Marie. . .

Oh!  One of me. . .ha!

And last but not least. . .at least in this phone dump folder. . .HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMILES!!!

Summer 2013 - part 1

Where to begin?  I promised my family NO SCHOOL WORK this summer and, except for a 2-day inservice in June, I mostly kept to that promise.  It seems, though, that with the "no school work" promise I also stayed away from the computer.  And you know what?!?  It was a GREAT break.  I do feel a little out of touch, but I catch up on other blogs and such every once in awhile. . .and sometimes Pinterest gets me sucked in with school articles when I venture there but, for the most part, I enjoyed my low-expectations summer :)  Except I *really* missed blogging.  I kept up with picture of the day but then sitting down and actually loading and journaling. . .well. . .as you can tell, that didn't happen.

And now summer's over.

Yep.  I went back to school over a week ago and the kiddos all started on Thursday.

Yea. . .they look excited to go back, huh?  O.K., maybe not. . .but maybe.  Maybe they were just hiding their delight.  I had to make the comment to them that three of them wore "free" t-shirts from camps they've attended in the past and Margaret had bleach stains on her hand-me-down t-shirt.  Sigh.  I remember, when I was growing up, what you wore on the first day of school was a BIG deal and we bought special outfits and everything.  Oh well. . .they are certainly confident in who they are and I'm guessing these t-shirts make a statement (to them) about who they are.  Good job Bell kids!

So. . .to re-cap our beautiful summer. . .

We began with Margaret's birthday.

The yearly chair picture.  Sometime I need to take the time to scan in the "early" years (before digital -- ha!) and so I can do side-by-side comparisons.  This is one thing that I have been pretty good about keeping up with through the years/birthdays/kids.  To be fair, this was taken a couple of days before her birthday because we were leaving to go to Ohio for a week and would celebrate the actual day there.

And we are off, in Daddy's new truck, for our week in Ohio!  Thomas was already there. . .at this point the kiddos had been out of school for almost a week -- they were just waiting on me to finish up so we could all go :)

Margaret chose, as a birthday gift from me, a haircut and pedicure.  We had just gotten a trim and then went across the street for a full-out pedi for this princess :)
Unique, could-only-come-from-Margaret's-imagination, pedicure.  Actually, the first girl doing her toes didn't understand the request so someone else had to come over and do them.  Very cute.

This little girl (11!!!!) at her birthday party at our favorite "Aunt Jenn"'s home :)

 Insane cupcake cake from Aunt Jodi and our favorite birthday party bash throwers:  The Piliati's!!! 

Miss Susan's birthday is close to Margaret's so this was her party too. . . 

And this is how we began our first week of summer. . .in OH, with family, celebrating one of our middle child's special days.  The kids relaxed with grandparents, spent time with cousins and friends, Frederick helped at Grandpa Foster's garage sale, and Thomas earned money doing yard work for various people.

Margaret showing off her new bike that grandparents and the VJ family pitched in to get for her.
This was her actual birthDAY at Nana & Grandpa's house. . .I love these kids!!!!

My bestest is moving to Hawaii (!!!) and I had a chance to see her briefly during that first week of break.  She was moving out of her home to temporarily live in northern OH for the summer before the final move in September.

Of course this girl gave 16.5" of her hair to Locks of Love at the beginning of summer. . .so proud of her and her heart for giving away her hair so a disadvantaged child suffering from medical hair loss can use hers!

Back home for Massive Soccer Camp!!!  This year the two oldest participated in this camp. . .the coaches come in from FL to lead the camp at our soccer club.
 This picture shows Marie in the background (red shirt, in center) with two of the coaches that come every year in the foreground.

Last year we hosted the coaches (and a few soccer families) for dinner one night.  It was popular enough that when I asked if we could do it again they all said "yes"!

This was a food line -- ha!   And the food set up in the kitchen. . .

We do this get-together as a specific potluck, meaning I list out the items I need and families sign up for those things.  We did the meat for this one -- Chicken Skewers and my aunt's "famous" BBQ pork tenderloin.  This was just 4 of the dozen or so skewers we made. . .every single bit of this was gone by the time dinner was over!
 Dessert table :)  My friend down the street, whose son was also attending camp this year, did most of the desserts for the evening -- *everything* was delicious!

We had some seating outside (in the driveway -- I always feel strange about that but it works)

And some seating in the garage, out of the sun.

The kids got together with one of the "older" kids and tried to build a fire for marshmallows. 

Success!!!  It was such a fun evening. . .I absolutely love having a houseful (or yard-and-garage-ful) and hosting these get-togethers.  Luckily, there were a few more later in the summer :)

I hope that I am able to get back to these posts and finish documenting Summer 2013. . .I know I do a lot of "Part 1"'s but never get around to the rest. . .I'll try though!!!

~ Jenni