Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The news from Arizona this morning:

Anna born 12:46 AM (that's Az time) 9/29/09. Nancy and Anna are fine. Weighs 8 lbs. 14 ozs. and is 21 inches long. More later.

So exciting! I am so proud of my cousin and wish I was close enough to hold that baby! Can't wait to see pictures.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Some Exciting News

My cousin Nancy, who we threw the shower for earlier this year, is experiencing early labor symptoms. She was having one contraction every so often last night and ended up being all night with contractions. This is exciting because her original due date was October 8th but this baby has been growing and making it seem like she would be here much earlier.

My aunt is in flight to be with her because they are out in Arizona. My other cousin, Mark, is there with his sister. Things are getting excited for the arrival of the newest Griswold family member. Nancy has kept her name a secret so all will be revealed when the little Hartgrove girl makes her arrival. Yay!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Unexpected Vacation

So I was all ready for work Monday morning when we found out that school was delayed an hour and a half due to the flooding. There was no flooding here at our house but it had thunder stormed all night which meant Meredith didn't sleep well so I cooled my jets and took my time getting ready. Since school would now be letting the kids in at 9:15, I figured I would leave for work about 8am. Brad did the same.

On my way to work, Mom called me and said "Go back to bed. School is cancelled." I couldn't take her word for it so I called Brad and asked if he had heard it. He hadn't so I switched to WSB and started listening. They did say it. I called him back, and he said he was still going into work. I decided to call the school directly. I got my friend Pam on the phone and told her that I just had heard school was cancelled and asked if it was true. She said she had not heard that but given she was at work and hadn't even heard about the delay...she would check. I pulled over in to a neighborhood at this point. It took so long for her to answer me ( and I bet the million of other calls that came in) that I got disconnected. I called the school back and got a different secretary. She confirmed that yes, we were out. I happily and carefully turned around and went home. Brad worked half the day and came home.

I now understand why it was all so necessary to cancel school. At the high school I attended (also in Gwinnett), the flooding was so bad that 12 school buses were turned over and damaged and the road in front of the school washed away. Supposedly, at my high school's rival there is water in the building. Many bridges in Gwinnett were washed out. So here we are at the end of two days of flood days. I am sure we will use snow make ups to fix the miss. But it was nice to have a break and I thank God that things were not worse in our lives and send out warm thoughts for those who have lost loved ones or belongings. We just need to trust that God will provide the rain when we need it and will provide the provisions we need to get through the abundance of rain.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Loving Husband

After a bumpy and hectic week last week in terms of work and home, my weekend and current week are going really well. Why one might ask? Because of my loving husband, that is why :0) This weekend we escaped to the lake together where all we did was relax . We took walks, cooked out, canoed, played games , watched movies and just got to enjoy each other. It was very nice and a refreshing change of pace for a couple that stays busy. Thanks to my awesome inlaws for allowing us to go to their most awesome lake house.

And since I have been at work, my husband has still been as wonderful. It isn't that this is surprising or infrequent behavior but I just really appreciate it at this time because I am actively working on wrapping up the internship portion of my Masters Degree and along with it my portfolio. With all the stress of that major step and work going on, the extra attention and assistance at home sure is nice and goes completely noticed. We have walked together this week and he cooked dinner last night. Not only did he cook dinner, he set up a picnic in the backyard for us to share in as a break from article reviews for me. It was very pleasant and something I didn't expect on a Tuesday. Thank you to my husband for showering me with love and attention at this busy crossroads in my life. I love you!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Young Geniuses

We have been working on similes in 2nd grade FOCUS and here is what some of my students feel about boys:

A boy is as tall as a skyscraper

A Boy is as smart as Einstein

A Boy is as quiet as a mouse.

A boy is as nice as a neighbor.
( I also have to share that another example for this was A boy is as nice as a senior citizen)

A boy is crazy as a monkey.

A boy is as awesome as a rockstar.

A boy is as mean as a badger.

Tomorrow we tackle girls so we will see how it goes.