January 13, 2012


 Arthur helped me make some pottery.

As I watched it snow outside, the fed-ex man showed up and delivered me this:

A BEAUTIFUL gift for Abiella from Danielle! (Danielle also had a very serious surgery this week and has been in the hospital for the past 4 days... and yet... this package arrived today.  She's too good.)  It seriously came just when I needed it and brightened my entire week! Thanks Danielle!!!
Normally, at night, when the day is done, I start missing Abiella a little more. So tonight, Sean asked, "Is there anything I can get you to cheer you up?"  I said, "Fried mozzarella cheese sticks." (Of course I was semi-joking... plus it would require a trip to Sonic...)
 But 10 minutes later these were placed in front of me:

Giant Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks with sprinkled Parmesean on top. We had never even made these, and yet they were amazing. He's a magician.
After smelling those mozerella cheese sticks and not getting any, these pups were exhausted.

Plus... who can stay awake when you're sitting next to this?
(Except for me of course... since it's 1:45 am and I'm up blogging.)

T'was a good day.

... and to all my fellow teacher friends (in the mid-TN area) congrats on the Snow Day!! Stay in your pjs and drink lots of hot cocoa.

Goodnight folks.

January 12, 2012

The night my mom scared us.

This post is a response to Mama Kat’s writing prompt: Describe a time you felt startled.
During my latter years of grade school I was obsessed with being scared...(the fun kind of scared when someone surprises you or finds you unexpectedly at hide-and-seek.) The thrill of the “startle” was addictive and occasionally I'd ask my mom to "scare me".  It normally resulted in something super simple but surprising and we'd all laugh. Well one Friday night, I was having a sleepover and my friend and I had been begging my mom to “scare us” for hours.  Occasionally she’d give in and jump out behind something when we least expected it or make a loud noise and we’d jump and all get tickled.  Unfortunately for her, every new scare brought an even stronger desire to be scared again and by the end of the night my mom had heard “scare us” one too many times.
If it was a movie, our mouths would be blown up screaming “Scare us” in slow motion and our tiny 5th grade voices would be replaced by deep men’s voices.
Needless to say, my mom had reached her limit… but we didn’t know this and as we screamed “scare us!” for the 80th time, she quietly said, “okay” and that was that.  My friend and I went to my bedroom, lounged on the twin beds, played school, watched tv… who knows.  But after 10 minutes we hadn’t been “scared”  yet so I went looking for my mom.  Had she forgotten our deal?
But as I looked around I couldn’t find her.  I recruited my friend and we both started searching the house.  No mom.  She wasn’t under the beds… not in the closets... every room was empty… At this point my feisty imagination and serious fatigue became a powerful hallucinogenic and I secretly wondered if she had become a genie and shrunk herself… in which case, it was going to be very scary and difficult to ever come back from.  I became so convinced of this possibility that when my friend wasn’t looking, I timidly looked in large vases, planters, and other things I thought genies would appreciate.
Eventually, we were spent. No mom.  We were scared.  This was different.  She had amped up the game.  Wherever she was, whatever she was doing… it was for real. 
After what felt like an eternity of running back and forth between bedrooms, up and down stairs, (me looking in vaces) we stopped at the top of the landing to catch our breath and reevaluate the situation.  Suddenly,  we both saw the tiniest spark of light and when we turned to see what it was, we saw my mom’s head floating outside our second story balcony window. 
We both screamed out of true, unimaginable, shocking, blood curdling terror.  My friend ran into my bedroom and I collapsed on the floor.  My little brain couldn’t grasp it.  How was her head FLOATING?  Come to find out my mom had changed into a black sweat suit and then quietly stepped onto the balcony and then watched us search for her from outside.  (Even creepier).  Then when the moment was just right she flicked her flashlight on under her chin.
She came inside DYING laughing.  She helped me off the floor and made sure my friend wasn’t permanetely scarred.  Meanwhile, I thought my chest was going to explode.
Needless to say, we didn’t ask her to scare us again.  Ever.  Until of course my b-day party the next year when she took all my girlfriends on a midnight ride through the woods on our “mule” (some call it a gator… looks like a mini truck used on farms) and then halfway through the trail she pretended that the vehicle broke down… and that she spotted bigfoot in the distance… But that’s another story for another time.
Enjoy your Thursday :)
Mae Mae

January 10, 2012

Art Class.

A week or so ago, I was reading this awesome blog, when I learned about a 4 week class being offered in January/February called "Creatively Made." 

The class was being offered by the amazing Jeanne Oliver and after watching the promo video, I knew I had to take it.  Plus, it was only $48!

Yesterday was my first day and oh my gosh, it is awesome.  I'll be posting the things I make throughout the class.

It's fun, rejuvenating, and gets my creative energy flowing....

I hope you go out and do something fun to kick off your 2012...

 For me, this seems to be just what the doctor ordered.


January 9, 2012

Blog on Fire Award

Last week I received the “Blog on Fire Award.”  I’m so excited!  It was given to me by Audrey over at Timeless Treasures.  If you haven't seen her blog you should go check it out!  With this award you are supposed to tell 5 unique things about yourself and then pass the award on to 5 other blogs of your choice.

So, here we go..
1)   I'm married to a musician. I was a fan of his before we ever started dating.  He's absolutely brilliant.


2)   We are currently adopting a little girl in Ghana.  I’m completely in love and can’t stand that she’s not home with us now.  You can read more about our choice to adopt HERE and more about Abiella HERE.

3)   We have two puppies.

4)   I used to teach middle school and loved it. One year, my friend Sharon and I told our 8th graders if they met their academic goal we'd come to school dressed like crazy people.  Needless to say, it was enough motivation. 

5)  This winter, my brilliant little sister became a published author!!  More on this later (if she decides to let me brag about her...J)

Alright, there you have it. Five things about me. 

Now I present the Blog on Fire Award to the following amazing blogs!
(Drumroll please) and in no particular order:

Maddie & Burley



Megan James

Brittany Stewart

Sara & Nate

Go check out these amazing blogs!

Thanks again for the award Audrey!