Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Get your own tots...

Six years ago this sweet man
(look how young he was... little bug)
told me that he loved me for the very first time!
And after watching this "classic" movie. Very storybook romance, I know.

And the past six years have been the best of my life.
And my man has skills. Eat your heart out Napoleon! :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I know, I know... I say it every time. I am going to be better about updating the blog. And time and time again I fail. This holiday season has been kicking my tail. Our week of Kindergarten has been so exciting but also quite exhausting. Between Polar Express PJ Day on Wednesday, a full day of training and preparing for a class Holiday Party tomorrow I am just pooped!

But I am back from the trenches folks and I have some VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Did you think we were pregnant?!? Haha. Sorry it's past my bedtime, lame joke.

But this news is just as exciting for me. If our December wasn't so warm, hell might have frozen over tonight. I have been sorting through my clothes lately and purging, we may be planning a winter garage sale at Club Asbury. Let me preface this story by telling you how attached my sweet husband is to every piece of clothing he owns. Each time I think, "Hmmm... he has not worn this in a while, maybe he wouldn't even miss it" he changes my mind by looking for that specific item. He may just be the clothes rain man. He could probably tell you every item in the closet, and let me tell you, that's alot!

So I have been strategically planning when I was going to talk to him about getting rid of some of his clothes. It has to be the perfect, exactly right moment for these kinds of talks. I am telling you he is attached. Well tonight while putting away some laundry preparing for tomorrow's girls night I decided to ignore my previous plans to slide it in and call an intervention.

Our first round of purging was a success in my book. I felt like I was on a episode of Hoarders discussing each item. I kid, I kid. There was actually very little resistance on his part, although he did say it took a lot out of him. A little dramatic if you ask me.
It made a bit more room in our closet and the closet is patiently awaiting the cleanse of Christmas Break 2010! That's right folks, I've got big plans for the break. Productive plans... the only thing that stands between me and those 15days of freedom is one morning of cleaning our classroom and our class' Holiday Party. I think I can, I think I can.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Camp Mineola

Hallelujah........... insert the singing chorus here. Me and my mister finally went camping. This December will mark our 6th year anniversary- well dating that is. And I believe of those six years one year may have been spent begging the hubs to take me camping. After 5 days of relaxing during my Thanksgiving break and working on my holiday decor me, the boy, four friends and two bigger than life Texas trucks took off for Mineola, Texas. Don't ask me where it is or how we get there. All that I know is I saw the signs for Canton, my mecca, and pleaded for a detour.

My sweet officer didn't make much of a copilot running on a mere 4 hours of sleep after the midnight shift so I belted out some Christmas carols to make the drive go by faster. We made a pit stop at Mr. B's BBQ pit and this place had some chow which was "slap your mother-in-law good." Mr H's words. Then we pulled into Mineola. Our friend's family owns 70 acres so we had the place to ourselves; just the coyotes and creepy crawlies to keep us company.

We finally got to set up our tent which was a wedding present. Circa March 2009
Coordinating Camo
The men on their way to spotlight. What you ask? Let's just say that one's husband, maybe the one in the camo jacket decided to shoot a skunk which aimed it's delightful stench at just the right angle to keep us company all night. Make me proud...
The ladies holding it down at the fire pit.
It was a beautiful day spent with great friends. As soon as that sun went down, the temperatures dropped just a quick. The mummy bags were a great success, I was actually hot. There wasn't anything I would rather be doing then spending time with my man, our friends and the great outdoors. I am so excited to plan our next camping trip. Hopefully it won't take another 6 years to convince this silly boy to go again.
Great day when you can drop in a line while brushing the pearlies...
Love Mr. H

Friday, November 26, 2010


I am so....

and thankful for this man.

Turkey Trot

In order to prepare for the two Thanksgiving feasts that me and my mister attend each year me and a few friends from Grapevine Crossfit went to run the Turkey Trot this year. After living in Texas since kindergarten I'm a bit embarrassed to say this was my first trot. After the festivities and the company of great friends I think I may be a repeat offender.

There were only a few brave souls from the gym that braved the 40 degree temperatures. Decked out in some pretty sweet turkey headbands, if I do say so myself...
Love my friends.

They were really excited about the headbands.

Love these ladies.

Knowing now about the rain and the cold wind during the trot I maybe.... would've stayed in bed snuggled all cozy next to my slumbering officer. But I definitely did not feel as guilty while eating a roll during the Farrell Feast. Happy Thanksgiving Y'all! :) Hope you had a great day with your families.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jesus is my Homeboy!

After a day off it was so nice to come back to 17 smiling faces this morning. I love teaching Kindergarten during the holiday season. Today we talked about being thankful for the things in our life. I tried to stress being thankful for the non materialistic things, maybe the things we cannot touch, and for the people in our lives. Here are some of the pages for our class book, I Am Thankful...

I told you... I have the best job ever!

"You are thinking about hearts and circles and Jesus is thinking about rectangles!"

Do you see God up there in the clouds? Always watching...

This one is my favorite! I love to see how they illustrate things. Isn't this so beautiful?

Told you... the best job ever. They are precious! With all the pictures of me and God, I guess Jesus is really my homeboy! :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hookie with the Hubs

Shhhh... the little devil on my shoulder got the best of me this time. I stayed home from work today to spend some much needed time with my sweet husband. It seems like we haven't been seeing much of each other lately so it took very little to convince me to use one of my days to stay home on my officer's day off. The day could not have gone better.

It actually started last night. After Crossfit we went and ate dinner at Rockfish and then to see a movie. We may or may not have squeezed in a piece of Carmel de Leche cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory, which may or may not have been Heaven on Earth, literally. It had been a long time since I got to snuggle next to my love in a movie theater. We went to go see Morning Glory which I highly recommend. It had me crying because I was laughing so hard! This morning while the hubs slept in I seized the beautiful day heading to Sprouts to stock the fridge and the Dollar Tree for a few Christmas purchases for the upcoming Christmasing of the house. Fall is in full swing here in Texas! Finally... I love that I can drink steaming hot Blueberry Coffee without sweating through my clothes. The windows were down, Taylor Swift's new CD was on and I knew I had made the right choice to take a day to just be...

Loving the Fall Colors
We had big plans for our day together because we are going.......

CAMPING!!!!!! That's right after almost 6 years of begging we are actually going! (I am not above pleading from the knees for come roasted weenies!) The Saturday after Thanksgiving we will be two fishin', shootin', camp firin', smore makin' campers. I am so excited! We will finally be able to use the tent we got for a wedding present that has made friends with the cobwebs and bugsthatwillnotbenamed in the laundry room.
I think he's excited too

That's right folks.. we had big plans. We were on a hunt for sleeping bags. Now my northern friends will laugh but it has been quite cold at night here in the Lonestar State and our sweatshirt blankets just are not going to cut it. But I was not prepared for the wide selection of sleeping bags Academy had to offer. During my last sleeping bag purchase the biggest decision I had to make was; Sleeping Beauty or Little Mermaid. I never had to think about longitude or latitude of a sleeping bag, or the brand, or if I wanted cocoon or regular. Say what? Good thing my sweet was a Boy Scout. My one year of Brownie training did not prepare me for this decision... although I can open a door with my thumb taped to the palm of my hand. Can you?!?
After visiting with the family we were eager to get home and try out our Slumberjacks!
Love my little mummy!
I don't know how we will be getting out in the middle of the night if we have to pee with our hand zipped in... Just sayin'! A girl's gotta think of these things.
I realized we didn't take a picture together the entire day.
Excuse the one crying eye. This is after my weekly cry during Biggest Loser...
every time it gets me.
It was the perfect day! I am so glad I got to spend the whole day playing hookie with my best friend. I am so blessed to be married to my best friend... who struggled to stand inside his mummy sack so I could "take a picture!" Oh the things we do to the ones we love...

Love y'all! :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tree Barf

I think I may have the best job in the world. If you would have asked me last year, with the class I had, my answer might have been a bit different... just kidding. But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my class this year! I have 17 of the sweetest Kinder babies in my class.

I love how pure and unfiltered their conversations are. Lately one of my tables has been talking about God. Melt my heart... I have heard things like, "God is always watching us" and "He always keeps us safe" and "Jesus and God are the same person!" I love listening to them and hearing about things in their Kinder minds. It warms my heart.

Then other times I cannot hold back the laughter because the things they say are so funny. Remember this story from last year? We have been learning about living and non living things and have adopted a tree to observe throughout the year as the seasons change. We talked about why and how the leaves change in the fall and then started to talk about the parts of a tree. Here is how the conversation went...

Mrs. H: "Someone raise their hands and tell me what are the different parts of a tree."
Students: "Trunk!"
Mrs. H: "Good! Now who can remember the part of the tree that is brown...and it covers the
trunk... it's usually bumpy... and it protects the trees insides."
Student: "BARF!!!!!!!!!!!"

Ohmygoodness! Come on Katie, hold it together... I couldn't... I lost it. I started laughing OUT LOUD... at one of my students. And I don't mean a quiet chuckle, but tears streaming down the face laughing. When I composed myself, wiped away the tears of laughter, and told them "I'm sorry I laughed but do you know what barf is?" No one did. Oh gosh, I thought. I am about to tell my students what barf is. But I was already in too deep. "Barf means throw up. Does a tree have throw up? I think you meant to say the tree has bark." And then they lost it, they were all laughing and I was too. Yes... this is just a normal day in Mrs. H's Kindergarten Class. Don't you wish I was your teacher?!?!

Ha ha. Oh geez. So along with talking about God and Jesus they are also talking about barf and tree bark. Luckily no parents have called asking why their child said they are learning about barf... that's right Teacher of the Year right here :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Perfect Night

Me.... in bed at 10 oclock on a Friday night.... oh how things have changed. This is my ideal night after a long and emotionally draining day. Fuzzy socks with shea butter-yes please!
Long are the nights of staying up until 2 oclock in the morning. Kali is snuggled next to me and I have a warm blanket calling my name. This sounds like a perfect way to start the weekend. Happy Friday! :)
We've got an old fashioned pig roast to go to tomorrow... are we Texan or what?!? More to come.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Fall

Yesssssss... I know, I know, almost one whole month and no post. I'd like to say things have been way too exciting to post but I would be lying. Although we have been pretty busy. I'll just let you know what we have been doing around here to try and get back into the swing of things in the blogging world. It will be in number form, I'm just not feeling creative.

1. Our good friends, Bevin and Brandon got married earlier this month down in Houston. It was probably the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. I think I want to get married again just so I can have it at Briscoe Manner. We could not be happier for our friends.

And of course, my sweet officer had to work so I made the trip alone. I had so much fun hanging out with the Crossfit Family to celebrate the Head Family. Although no one quite had the moves my husband has when SHOUT comes on.

I love these ladies. With the new Mrs. Head

2. Did I tell you that my mom and I went to Canton? I have been obsessing over this clock display. Soon, very soon, I will post a few pictures of my latest antique crafts and pretty finds from this glorious day.

3. Halloween :) Grapevine Crossfit hosted their 2nd Annual Boo Bash and 1st ever Keg Cup. Both were done in full costume. We love the 80s! Here we are with Richard Simmons... my man was sleeping after a long days/nights work. I swear I'm married, although he may be a vampire, only apprearing in the night.

One thing I love about living near family is getting to share all of the holidays with our sweet neices and nephews. I adore all six of them! Both Hruskocy's got to attend the Halloween Trick or Treating Party.

Be still my ever so fertile insides... my ovaries are chanting. Look at this little hunky monkey!

See told ya I was married.... We got to supervise all the trick or treaters from the porch that night. We felt so old! We kept talking about how our parents had to make us stop going out when we got to high school and how that night we saw 5 trick or treaters.

I do love this man...

4. Avoiding Sweets. Take a look at this carb o loaded picture. This was almost the death of me when I walked into the teacher's lounge last week. HOLY CARBS! We have been eating Paleo again for the past, almost, two weeks.This almost put me over the edge. Really? And muffins, I LOVE MUFFINS! I have been reading the Paleo Solution, which I highly recommend! It will make you never want to eat another carb or grain again. (Well except for chips and salsa :)
5. I am LOVING the new holiday cups at Starbucks... I think I'm ready to bypass November and start decorating for Christmas after seeing this beauty! The contents inside may be just as nice, especially this week when the weather has been so cold and rainy! The weather is changing and I could not be more excited about the cooler weather.

One last thing... How can you not believe in God when you see things like this driving home?
Our God is amazing....
And I am blessed....
Love y'all! :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Athletic Calves and The Great Boot Hunt

I have never had skinny legs. After 15 + years of softball and a few years of laziness my legs are far from long and lean. I have always wanted a pair of tall boots. I long to wear a pair with the jeans tucked in.

Funny story... well not so funny for me. On one of my many trips to visit my aunt MB in New York I was set on finding a pair of boots I could squeeze my calves into. And so began the Great Boot Hunt in the Big Apple. Big Apple is right- I cannot tell you how long and far we walked through that great city in frigid weather to find me some boots. Every store we went into my sweet aunt would walk up to the shoe salesman on a mission. "We are looking for some boots for my niece." We would walk over to the rack full of skinny boots, none which my stumps would squeeze into. "My niece, well she has athletic calves..." God bless her. That trip we did find two pairs of boots to fit my athletic calves.

Well my old boots have heels and the new riding boot style has been on my mind since temperatures dropped below 90 here in the Great State. I told myself I would treat myself to a pair this fall but dreams of that dreaded Athletic Calved Boot Hunt of 2000 something haunted me. Much to my surprise during my Sunday Errands to Target with my seester I saw a pair that were out of my dreams.

My stomach cringed when I saw the skinny slender boots. I had flashes of zippers getting stuck halfway up my calf and my sister yanking on my leg to free my foot. Would my ATHLETIC CALVES fit into those beauties?!?

Well thanks to Crossfit and 5Ks I have NEW BOOTS BOOTS!!!!
Hello Lover..............
How cute is that red zipper down the back?
What's even better? I found them just in time for Kindergarten Picture Day! :) Now only if the weather would cool off a bit more.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My First 5K

This past Saturday I ran my first 5K run. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would do this. I HATE running!!! I loathe it... I always wanted to do it and it was a goal for me. But for years this was not possible for me until I started going to the crossfit gym. It has truly changed my life and brought Tom and I closer together as husband and wife. It meant so much that I ran my first 5K with my crossfit family.
Grapevine Crossfit

My sweet husband came to support me. Working the midnight shift 10pm-6am he had not gone to sleep but he insisted that he come to watch me run my first 5K. I am so glad that he did! I love him!
All the girls!
Sweet Amber... a great friend!
My goal was to 1st: FINISH and 2nd: not stop! I accomplised both of my goals. I ran the Grapevine Vineyard 5K in 30minutes and 48seconds. For one of the first times in my life I will say I am proud of myself. I am so glad that I accomplised something I set my mind to and with my new family.
I love my crossfit family!