Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chandler Otis

If Your Dad and Mom Work At A Pool Store . . .

your pool will look like this!

I have had this pool in my garage since last summer. It was supposed to be for Camp Invention, but I never needed to use it. I had gotten it out to take to Bryson and really didn't think it would be a hit.
Boy was I wrong!

The really funny part was when Stephen and Sara's next door neighbor saw it, he ran home to get his swimsuit on. He told his bigger brother that there was a big pool so he quickly put on his swimsuit as well. He sure was surprised when he saw the pool!

The pool was perfect for jumping in, but the water didn't stay clear for long. The water ended up being pretty dirty after a few jumps. Bryson was glad to know that I was going to let him keep the "tub".

Of course, Brayden is way too big and way too cool to play with the little kids. He even got to sit at the "grown up" table for dinner. I was only able to get one picture of him, but I didn't want to neglect him on the blog.

Celebrating The End of School

Cary and I headed to Chattanooga on Saturday to celebrate the end of another school year. We started with lunch at Big River Grill which is always good. We decided to walk across the bridge before going to the Aquarium. It was quite crowded due to the holiday weekend and the hippie market that was set up in front of the Aquarium. There was also a band playing. We caught the last few notes when we got back just as we sat down in the shade.
Here is our view from the bridge.

We saw all our friends at the Aquarium before heading home.

On the way back, we saw a funny sight! There was a black weenie dog who had his head stuck out the window barking as his owner drove. It was like a weenie dog horn!

Mooresville Walking Tour

Every other year, Mooresville has a walking tour. This was my first time to participate and it was lots of fun! There were artisans set up throughout the town and people in period costume walking around. There were also many gardens and a few homes open.
We were greeting by beautiful handmade quilts as we arrived.

There were many beautiful gardens that were open for us to walk through.
Everything is so quaint in Mooresville!

There was a section dedicated to how the people in Mooresville would have lived long ago. I thought the tents did not look too bad. However, I don't think I would have enjoyed taking a bath in that tub!

Mooresville is home to the state's oldest church of Christ. One of our counselor's at Madison Academy, John Bryson, was the last preacher for the congregation.

I met one of my former students, Liberty, who was selling lemonade outside of her Grandma's house. Her Grandma owns the local restaurant, Limestone Bay Trading Company, which is where we ate lunch. Liberty even took a break from selling lemonade to follow us around!

This is Liberty and her Mom.

I would love to have a little pork for a pet. We met this extra friendly little pig at the farm. It even wagged its tail like a dog when I came back to pet it. It was the sweetest pig! I wish I could have taken it home.

This lady was making lace. I have seen lace made in Belgium and I do not remember it being so complicated! I would just prefer to buy my lace if I need any!

There were cicadas everywhere in Mooresville!

It was a hot, fun afternoon in Mooresville!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Flower Power

All the flowers in my yard are blooming thanks to the rain we have received lately. The lilies are just starting to bloom. Here are the ones that were blooming this morning.

These daisies were also in full bloom this morning!

I am looking forward to working in my yard some more today and hopefully almost getting it ready for summer! It is a big job!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

School's Out For The Summer!!

Yesterday, was the last "official" day of work for this school year. Although, I will be working all summer to prepare for the next class and I have computer training next week, it was the end of the 2010-2011 first grade class.

Here are my sweet kids!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's Time For Corn On The Cob!!

Summer is a time for juicy, delicious corn on the cob! Even Max is a fan of this deliciousness!

Trans -Siberian Orchestra

Last Tuesday night, Cary and I went to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform Beethoven's Last Night. After a quick dinner, we had a few minutes to spare so we walked around Big Spring Park. We ran into a family of baby ducks and were able to admire the newly (almost finished) facade of the 
VonBraun Center.

The concert was like an opera which told the story of Beethoven's last night and battle with the devil over his music. I really enjoyed the songs which were Beethoven's, but really didn't prefer the other songs. 
It was quite a show-complete with lots of fire! It was an interesting crowd of people which included die hard fans decked out in Trans-Siberian gear and singing all the words to the songs, "normal" people like Cary and I who were looking for something fun to do and older people who apparently saw the words orchestra and thought it was an event to get all dressed up for! 
Since it was a school night, we left early after I could no longer take the loud singing on the stage. Overall, it was a good show, but I think I will pass if they ever make it back to Huntsville. 

Here are some scenes from the night.