Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pay it Forward! Trust Me, You Want To Read This One!

Last week I happened to check my google reader (if you don't use this and you like to read peoples need to start let's you know when a blog has been updated) at just the right time. I was reading one of my regular blogs Oh, Boy & all thing Caleb Ryne (aka Cassie) and saw this great idea of "Paying it Forward." I had to participate! Look and see what was in my mailbox one day when I got home: 

Let me just say you can not go wrong with me and Starbucks...and anyone who knows me knows that's the truth! 

Thanks so much Cassie! I can't wait to go and get my favorite holiday drink!

 Okay, Now here is how it works:

The purpose of "Pay it Forward" is to do an act of kindness without expecting anything in return (other than that the recipient will, in turn, pass the kindness along to someone else). I will send a small, fun gift to the first 3 people who post a comment on this entry. In turn, those three will post this information on their blog and pick 3 people they want to send something to...and the game continues on and on! The little something you send can be something you made, bought, were given or found....ANYTHING you want! Just a gift that will make the person's day! If you are interested in participating, be one of the first 3 people to leave a comment. You will have to promise that you will then post about this on your blog, link back to me, and then send something to the first three people who sign up to play through your blog. *** After the first 3 people comment, I will give them my email to send me their address. If you would prefer me not to know your address, that's totally fine! I'll send you a gift over the computer!***

If you have never commented on my blog and have been wanting to "reveal" yourself as a loyal reader now is a great opportunity....don't be shy! I would love to know who is out there in blog land reading about my little life!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I can't believe November is already halfway over. Being a teacher all major holidays are built up about 100 x's more than the average person! We do lessons, art activities, journal, programs, etc. focused on these holidays which just lead to bigger build up and anticipation. Every teacher knows how many day until ______________ (you name the holiday). 

Well, all that to say, I can't wait until Thanksgiving break. I need a break and can't wait to spend time with family. We are going to Branson with Alec's family (which has become a Lawrence family tradition). Then Saturday we are having Thanksgiving with my family. 

But what I am most excited about at this point is TWILIGHT!! It comes out Friday. I really wanted to go to the midnight showing but when I got on the computer to order tickets (on Sunday) they were sold out :( But I do plan on going Saturday and I can't wait!

Karla got me hooked on the Twilight series this summer...she had tried to get me to read it and at first I was a little apprehensive. I mean I'm not the type of girl who is interested in books about vampires. But I took her word for it and read the first three books within a few weeks this summer. Sadly, after school started up my reading time has depleted greatly. I'm still working on the 4th book and love it so far! Seriously if you haven't read these books you should. Thanks Karla! I've always known you have great taste. I don't know why I doubted you!

A few weeks ago I got to take pictures of my 2 nephews and niece for their family Christmas card. I wish that I got a better picture of the three of them together but the boys were not interested in being photographed and they let me know it! Sweet little 10 month old Emerson was loving it though! 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sorry! Its extremely long!

Its time to fall back which is probably one of my favorite days of the year...I love sleep so getting an extra hour could not make me any more happy (not to mention I really need it for this upcoming week)!Life lately has been extremely busy...I feel as thought I'm always saying that but its the truth and it often makes me long for my wonderful 2 month summer vacation! 

These last few months have been rather crazy for the Lawrence's.  

Beginning in early September Alec went hunting in the panhandle of Texas with all of his college buddies. It has become somewhat of a tradition to take this hunting trip every year and it seems as though they always come away with some really interesting stories not to mention a ton of poor dead dove :(

A few weeks later Alec went to a casino along the Oklahoma/Texas line for a bachelor party for an old roommate. It sounded like they had a fun time.

Then the last weekend in September we headed down to Abilene for our friends wedding! We had such a wonderful time seeing so many great friends! For just a few hours it felt like college again. The wedding was beautiful (at one of my favorite places in Abilene...the Paramount)! I was able to go eat lunch with my teacher friends Rachel and Sarah! It made me really miss teaching with them but it was wonderful catching up! I will always love Abilene and hope we get a chance to go back soon (I'm hoping for sing song....what do you think Alec????)
     At the wedding reception

Then in early October I had a conference in Edmond for two days (Thursday and Friday). Then I left early Saturday morning to fly to San Antonio for my good friend Hannah's wedding. Alec was not able to go with me so it turned into a great girls weekend for me! I was happily greeted at the airport by my wonderful friend Brooke...she was so sweet to cart me all over town all weekend and let me stay with her as well! We were able to spend so much great time together and catch up on made me really not want to leave...but I can't wait until Brooke comes to visit me over Christmas break (PLEASE)!!!
     Beautiful Brooke and me at the wedding.
  Me and the gorgeous Hannah on her wedding day!

Hannah's wedding was gorgeous! She was glowing all weekend and I feel so lucky to have been able to share those special days with her! 

The next week Babette got spade. Poor baby. But she has made a full recover and sadly enough is still as hyper as before...I've heard that after their surgery that changes...well not for Babette!

Then a few days later Alec went on a business trip to Chicago for a week. It was the longest amount of time Alec has been away from me since we have been married....I survived! In fact, life was pretty easy because I stayed with my parents all week. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous but my parents house is about fifteen minutes closer to my work and I got free meals every night so I couldn't really resist. However, me and Babette were so ready for him to come home!!

Just this last week, school was crazy! Halloween was largely to blame but we had a few other things that contributed as well, like: our huge AR party, a field trip, Veteran's day program practice, and family fun night (where I worked a 13 hour day). I am looking forward to Thanksgiving break like you would not believe!

Then just last night, Halloween, we went trick or treating with our two nephews and precious niece! They were adorable in their costumes (my mother in law made the boys costumes and they were incredible)! We had a lot of fun!
     The Space Aliens
Really ready for the fun to start!
An upset Emerson...she wasn't sure if she wanted to be a butterfly.

Then she decided that she looked pretty good :)

Seriously the most beautiful butterfly I've ever seen!