Saturday, November 29, 2008

I've been tagged...

I was "tagged" by a friend through an e-mail and thought I'd include it here. I had to list eight random or weird facts about myself.

1. I once bungee jumped in the mountains with “Flat Stanley” attached to me. (the things we do for our kids!)
2. I don’t eat meat.
3. Played basketball in an all boys league for a year when I was 14.
4. I am claustrophobic.
5. I’ve kissed Charlie Sheen. We met at a club in Hilton Head…. my husband "loves" when I tell that story! (For the record, I had not even met my husband yet!)
6. I’ve been pooped on by random birds flying overhead three different times.
7. I’ve had stitches three times and had two broken bones (I broke my nose on my son’s scooter three years ago and my brother broke my toe when I was 10).
8. I ran in a marathon. (26.2 miles in Honolulu)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Week-end Fun

Whew... another week-end of sporting events with the Stanton boys. We had four soccer games, two basketball games, one basketball practice, and two birthday parties.... in less than three days! Those of you who know me well, know how much I love watching these games, but, I have to admit I am looking forward to this long week-end with no sporting events to trek back and forth to.

Ripken and I did get a little one to one time when I took him to his friend's (Lydia) Build-a-Bear birthday party. He really seemed to enjoy it although he refused to get out of his stroller (of course, he doesn't want in his stroller when I need him to be in it). He is a little timid when he's not in his normal surroundings. So I just pushed him from one area to the next as he participated in the activities. He chose a precious dog which he named "Dash".

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My favorite soccer player

Reed saw my blog and complained because none of his soccer pictures were on it... so this is for you Reed.....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Faces of River

River is ready for "Crazy Hair" day at Pre-K.

River heads to Pre-K for "Community Helpers" day.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Thursday Night

I attended the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet on Thursday night. It was a wonderful evening and I felt special being there as my new school's first teacher of the year. Every teacher of the year in Gwinnett County (about 120!) was honored and presented with a plaque. My principal and my husband were both with me. I was glad Dave was able to join me but it took some manuevering with the kids to make it happen, as always! Dave was suppose to have the basketball draft for Reed's team that night and practice for Ridge's team all that same night. It meant a lot to me that he was so determined to be there for my award though. He was able to re-schedule Ridge's practice but the draft, of course, had to go on, so he decided to send Reed in his place. (Of course, Reed loved that!) Unfortunately that left us without a babysitter for the other boys so we called on one of wonderful neighbors, who agreed to watch the three and we were able to secure a ride for Reed to and from the draft. As it turned out, Reed did wonderful and Dave said it was probably his best draft ever! I was equally proud when we got home and found that Reed had gotten home earlier than us, had retrieved his brothers from the neighbor's house and the two little ones were already in bed asleep. Yep, he's a keeper!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I just wanted to include a recent picture of Ripken so he wouldn't feel left out. He's probably already suffering from fourth child complex.... whatever that is!
These are his favorite pajamas although he doesn't have a clue what the animal is on them (a raccoon). He just points to it and says "not dog"! Gifted? Maybe?

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Well, you probably notice we are one kid short here.... that's because my youngest one is apparently not very fond of Halloween. Ripken absolutely refused to put on his costume. And I don't mean slightly protested; I mean screamed to the top of his lungs and thrashed about wildly and pulled it down as we were pulling up! He was quite adament! He not only hates wearing costumes, he hates others in a costume... especially masks! He was absolutely terrified of his brothers' masks, even as silly as they were. So we opted to not put him through the horror of the costume, which by the way was the cutest little turtle I've ever seen.

Ahh... the girl we never had. Okay, so it's actually my little brave (or crazy!) Ridge who went to school on Halloween dressed as a cheerleader with his girlfriend who was dressed as a football player. Cute couple, huh? Yes, I braided his hair myself! After seeing how well it turned, I guess it's best that I had all boys!