Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

 I"m once again linking up with Jamie for

I'm loving...
that tonight's a Survivor night!
I'm loving...
that the weather has cooled off a little here in SC, and it actually feels like the holiday season is beginning.
I'm loving....
that tomorrow is the first day of December and my
starts tomorrow.  Go link up and join in, if you'd like.

I'm loving...
the pictures of the kids that I took over the weekend.  Now I've just got to decide which will be best for our Christmas cards this year.

I'm loving...
the turkey gnocchi soup that I made from the leftover Thanksgiving turkey legs...YUM!

I'm loving...
the great turnout that we had for the Advent Fair at FUMC.  We made wreaths and ornaments, and then played Christmas BINGO.  Fun, fun, fun!

I'm loving...
that our baby, Pippi, is feeling better.  I was really worried about her at the end of last week.

What and who are you loving today??


Go link up with Queso and Crazymama for

1. What is the worst job you have ever had?  The absolute worst job I ever had was one summer during college when I worked in a factory.  I was on a production line, and it was the most BORING work EVER!!!  That summer taught me a lot about what I wanted in life and what I didn't want for my life.

2. Have you ever been fired?  No, never fired, but I did quit once...

3. What would your dream job be?  I have my dream job!  I teach high school special education in a self-contained class and I love it! 

4. What did you want to be when you "grew up"?  I always wanted to be a teacher, and in about 3rd grade, I decided that special education was my area...

5. How old were you when you got your first job?  I was in 6th grade, probably 12,  when I started babysitting (for 50 cents an hour!) for my girl scout leader's young son....and I stayed on as their family's steady hire until I graduated from high school.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Happy List

Today is a super day to list all of the things that I'm HAPPY about....
so here goes....

We are having benchmark testing here at MCHS, so we are extending first and second periods for about two hours each.  I'm happy because I have great students in both classes and I'll get to spend an extra amount of time with them today!

My children semi-cooperated over the past weekend for my annual picture-taking session.  I always try to take group shots and individuals around the holiday season so I'll have at least one photo to send out with Christmas cards.  I think that most of the pictures turned out pretty good...what do you think??

I'm happy that we had so many family members at the get-together at Larry and Gayle's house on Saturday. 

I'm doubly happy that we've already set the date for the next Davis family gathering....
lunchtime on December 31 @ the cabin! 
I can hardly wait!

Pippi is feeling better, and that's GREAT news.
She was a little puny over the weekend, but I think it was because she overindulged during Thanksgiving!

I've committed to host a
and I'm very excited about it.  I know that everyone will be busy getting ready for holiday festivities and activities, but participating in the challenge should take a little pressure off of least you'll know what you can blog about each day.  The posting can be either super short or as in depth as you'd like....just join in the fun, link up each day, and tell your fiends about it too!

(go link up with Angie..) 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Meet Me on Monday


1. I really need to clean my

2. What food makes you think of Christmas?  When I think of all of the goodies my mama and I used to make every year, I know it's Christmas!  We made chocolate fudge, divinity, seafoam, mints, cheese biscuits, sausage balls, "trash", salted pecans, sugar and spice pecans, and pralines, to name just a few of the tasty treats....

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?  I'd probably choose to be 29 or 30....I was still young, but independent and still care-free....ahhhh, those were the days!

4. What was your first paying job?  I was a steady babysitter to two the best children I had ever known....Carl and Krista!  They were my first babies, and I love them to this day!

5. Have you read the Twilight series?  No, I haven't...maybe one day though....

(go link up with Java and let us get to know you better :)

Monday's Music Moves Me

It's Monday! 
We are back in school and have fifteen days before our Christmas break! 

Well, it's time again to link up with Dolly for this week's edition of
MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME...and this week's theme is
all things
(I'll admit....I'm not in the Christmas mood yet, so maybe linking up will help me along...)

For your Christmas listening pleasure,
my three favorite (radio) Christmas songs...

P.S....I am hosting a Christmas Blog Challenge....go "here" to check it out!
I'd love for all of you MMMM fans to join in!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2011 Christmas Blog Challenge

I have decided to host a Christmas blog challenge!
Each day, starting December 1st, there will be a different topic to blog about.  All you have to do is write your post and then come back here to link it up. 
Each day the post will be up at 5 AM with the linky remaining open for approximately 48 hours. 
Be sure and tell your friends about it so that they can link up and join in on the Christmas fun!
Just use my button to share about it. I cannot wait for it to start!!!

12-1 ~~ Day 1
Christmas and Holiday Traditions
12-2 ~~ Day 2
What do you say....
"Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holiday"??
12-3 ~~ Day 3
"All I want for Christmas is...."
12-4 ~~ Day 4
Show us a Christmas craft or DIY
12-5 ~~ Day 5
Best gift for Moms
12-6 ~~ Day 6
Best gift for Dads
12-7 ~~ Day 7
Best gift for teens
12-8 ~~ Day 8
Best toys of 2011
12-9 ~~ Day 9
Favorite Christmas party snack (recipe)
12-10 ~~ Day 10
Favorite Christmas song, carol or hymn 
12-11~~ Day 11
Show us your church at Christmas
12-12 ~~ Day 12
Favorite Christmas cookie (recipe)
12-13 ~~ Day 13
Favorite holiday movie/TV special
12-14 ~~ Day 14
Most meaningful or best gift ever received
12-15 ~~ Day 15
Show us your outside Christmas decorations
12-16~~ Day 16
Show us your inside Christmas decorations
12-17 ~~ Day 17
Show us your Christmas tree
12-18 ~~ Day 18
Christmas picture of your family and/or your special people

December 19 - 25
ENJOY time spent with
those that you love!

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S ! ! !

Saturday, November 26, 2011

These are my people...

"Other things may change us,
but we start and end with the family."

We had a wonderful lunch and visit with my side of the family today.  Everyone gathered at Larry and Gayle's house and enjoyed
great food and good company. 
It was so good to see my brothers and sisters-in-law,
my nieces and nephews,
 AND my great-nieces and nephews....and GREAT they are!

Larry's family
Victoria, Jeff, Gayle, Mary, Law, Douglas,
 Harvey, Larry, and John

Frank and Teresa

John, Kit, and Kathy

Happy, Robert, and Isabella

My niece Happy and
great-niece Isabella

Mary, Douglas, Harvey, and John
Jeff, Law, and Victoria

All of the nieces and nephews
(and my children too!)

My sweet great-nephew Law and me..

John, Larry, me, and Frank

Josh, Charles, MJ, me, Chuck, and Lawren
 "You don't choose your family. 
They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
-Desmond Tutu

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We Want to Know Wednesday


1. What is your favorite food item at Thanksgiving?  I love dressing, rice, gravy, and cranberry sauce....

2. What is your least favorite?  I am not crazy about sweet potatoes...

3. Do you have a favorite pie? (Share a recipe if you want or just tell us about it and make us drool)  I love chocolate chess pie.  My mama made them for every Thanksgiving and Christmas!  YUMMY!!

4. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  When I was growing up, our family went to Charlotte to my sister's house.  In later years, we went to my brother's house in Chester.  Since I've been married, we get together with Chuck's family at Bethel church on Thanksgiving night for supper. 

5. Black Friday shopping? Do you participate in the delightful running through the stores in the wee hours or the morning madness or hibernate at home and shop online? I definitely DO NOT participate!  I'm not crazy~~~



1. As a child, did you have one item/toy you were attached to?  I had a stuffed tiger and a stuffed bear that I was particularily attached to....

2. What would you consider to be your top three favorite holidays?  I love Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas...

3. What is your earliest memory?  I remember playing in the backyard in my sandbox, and my daddy sitting in a chair under the sweet gum tree....

4. Name three features about yourself you think is sexy.  Ummmmm....nothing!

5. What was your very first pet?  We had two beagles named Pete and Sam....

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday before Thanksgiving! 
I'm linking up with Jamie for this week's edition of

I'm loving...
that we have today and then next four days off from school!!   Hooray for two day work weeks!!
I'm loving...
that the household teenagers and their friends WANT me to play board games with them on a pretty regular basis.
I'm loving....
all of the new and repeat episodes of the Food Network's "Chopped,"  especially the Thanksgiving themed shows.
I'm loving...
Sugar Babies!
(thanks Penny, for getting me "hooked" on them!)

I'm loving...
that L and MJ will soon get their MCHS class rings!  How exciting for them...
and thanks Aunt Vivian!  You are the best!

(and of course, and as always)
I'm loving...

..these silly girls

..and these two guys!