Monday, May 3, 2010

Relay for Life, Weekend Recap, and a New Chapter

It's been a week since my last update.  I try to update every few days, and this time was no exception.  Thanks to the spotty Internet service because of the weather and a desktop that gets slower and slower every day, my attempts at updating Friday and Sunday were unsuccessful.  I'm mostly a patient person -- but after dedicating two hours last night to trying to speed it up, I decided to go to bed and think about it tomorrow!  :-)  Which is today -- but I'm using my lunch time to update -- and you know what that means: typos and possibly crazy talk. :-)   Forgive me in advance!  My desktop at home needs major work and I plan to work on it a few days this week after Morgan goes down for the night.  Danny bought me an external hard drive for my last birthday (with a terabyte of storage), so I'm going to be moving everything off my desktop's hard drive drive and delete some never-used programs in hopes of getting some decent speed back.  That computer is six years old and has years of pictures, school work, and videos on it.  Wish me luck on reviving it because a new desktop is not in our budget this year!

We had a great weekend.  Relay for Life was Friday evening, and I'd been looking forward to it for weeks.  I was afraid the weather would make it messy, but it pretty much held out.  I knew Morgan would love the Relay for Life atmosphere because of all the open space she'd have to walk and play.  My in-laws were in town that day so my mother-in-law came to the event with us.  That ended up being great because she helped a lot with the little busy bee.  The event was a good experience -- definitely something I can see myself doing again and again.  There were companies, school organizations, and churches all out there supporting the cause.  I hung around our school's Finance Academy tent.  They do this event every year, and Danny and I usually stop by for a minute to support them.  This was my first year doing fundraising on my own, though, and it felt good to know that, along with my family and friends, I had done more for the cause.  I've volunteered with the American Cancer Society before back in my college years, but this experience was different.  Back then, I just helped around in the office.  The Relay for Life events puts you out there with the survivors, their caregivers, their families, and many people that support the cause.  It's a great feeling, and I can't wait to do it next year.

Survivors Lap

The MIL (Ms. Pat), The Monster, and Me

Lisa, Glenith, and Me.  They both teach in my department.

We found some kids with a bubble machine.

This picture is SO FUNNY to me.  I think she's just walking, but she looks like a little old woman doing one of those old dances!  Hahaha!

Then Saturday we went to Gadsden to eat some of Danny's Uncle Lewis' polish sausage again.  Yum, yum!  And if you'll remember, they have a dog, Spice, that Morgan really likes.  Poor Spice -- Morgan would not leave her alone.  She kept going behind her and saying ""  When we first got there, I had to stop her from poking at Spice's eye and trying to ride Spice.  After that, though, she just followed her around and played with Spice's toys.  You could tell that Spice was like "I am so ready for them to go home," but when Morgan wasn't messing with Spice, Spice would follow her around.  So funny.

Morgan, Spice, and Uncle Lewis outside

Then we stopped by the softball complex in Gadsden to see Jasmin.  Jasmin and Ashleigh let Morgan walk up the slide one time, and you know that's all it took for her to want to do it a million times!  You can clearly see what was the most fun for her -- the walking up part.  The sliding down part (which is supposed to be the most fun) was just a way to get back down to the bottom so she can walk up again.  My child and her crazy, more-evident-by-the-day obsession with inclines.

Then we stopped by Danny's Granny's to see her.  Here is Morgan all in Granny's magazines and catalogs.  It's funny to see the similarities between my grandmother and Danny's.  My grandmother, too, is a catalog shopper, and everytime I visit her, she has to go into her closet and show her lastest purchase.  Danny's grandmother did the same thing yesterday.  So funny.

And then Sunday we bought a new dustmop for the house.  Morgan was OBSESSED with it and dustmopped the kitchen (and living room, which is CARPETED) 737 times.  I had to end up hiding it from her eventually because she'd get mad when she'd get to a certain spot and couldn't maneuver it the way she wanted.  She would actually CRY -- we've got to work on that patience of hers.

And then last but not least, I need to record the latest big happening in our lives.  My blog is my family scrapbook as I've said many times, so it's certainly necessary that I include this:


Danny recently accepted the position of Defensive Coordinator at Spain Park High School.  We are SO EXCITED.  This is his first coordinator job, so he's working extra hard to be sure that he is the best coordinator he can be.  I already know he'll do a good job because his players always adore him (is "adore" okay to use for football players?) and he's just a really good person. He likes things to be done RIGHT and communicates that very sternly, but not to the point where the kids hate him. :-) 

For those of you that do not live in this area or are not familiar with high school football in this area, Spain Park is actually one of Hoover's biggest rivals (it's the other high school in our district).  Never, ever would I have thought that I'd love Spain Park Football.  But I do!  Already!  And I cannot wait for the season to start! 

It's amazing how love for a team grows so quickly.  When Danny was a Graduate Assistant at Alabama, I'd almost get sick to my stomach from being so nervous about games.  The same thing with Hoover.  And there's still a place in my heart for each of these teams because it was such a special, fun chapter in our lives. I'm still sort of "involved" with both of those teams, anyway -- if you read this blog back during football season, you know that my in-laws are huge Alabama football fans (or if you know us, you definitely know that already).  And I still teach at Hoover -- so I have students that play football -- and I most definitely want them to do well.  People have asked if I'd be going with DK to Spain Park...oh, no!  I love where I am -- I love my students, co-workers, administrators, and there's no place I'd rather be!  But as for football, my heart now belongs to Spain Park!  No apologies!  Go Jags! :)

Have a great week, everybody!


  1. I will have to forgive you with all this jag talk :) Just kidding. We are SUPER excited for Danny. What a huge opportunity. I know he will do great. I will miss seeing you each week though!

  2. wow! what huge news! congrats to him! I saw in your newer posts stuff about Spain Park and didn't understand!


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