Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Smith Motel

It's funny how you go through a dry season and a rainy season. Just like the tropics. Except I hope your seasons aren't too extreme at any point in time. ;)
Matthew and I haven't had too many overnight guests since we moved into our apartment. Not to mention, we haven't had many daytime guests either. I'm not complaining though. I know its not the largest mansion in the world. I also still have things I'm putting up and getting together to make it feel like a home.
However, for some reason this week-- the week that I have my school's HS retreat up at Sharptop, the week I contract the ever-present first school-year sinus cold, the week we have the all-important school educational banquet late at night, the week I'm just pooped as a pickle-- this week my family seems to crave a night at the Smith motel. (That's MOtel not HOtel). Trust me.You won't get your luggage taken up to your room this week.
Don't misunderstand me. I love overnight guests. It's just a bit comical how our dry season has turned into a monsoon this week. I feel awful. We had to turn folks away (we only have one small "guest room" okay). Matthew's dad and step-mom needed a place to unpack for a few days before a big surgery in a local Atlanta hospital. I said "Come on."  Then Matthew's mom was passing through the ATL and wondered about our occupancy. I said, "You are always welcome... except this time."  :(   Then my out-of-town dad told me he'd be coming through and hoped our permanent invitation still stood. I said, "No way! Find your own place." No. I love my dad to much to kid.  I told him it was a crazy place, but the couch is available for immediate sleeping.

I'm so thankful our family doesn't mind sharing a bathroom together! Especially with the scary honking nose-music my husband and I make together! :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Shanks in Mexico!

Another Blair name has vacated this world. We are dropping like flies (all good things do)!  Good thing Matt Blair is there to carry us home. My sister, Nicole, and her hubby Steven tied the knot in Cancun this past Saturday. She looked absolutely stunning, and minus the rain, everything went perfectly. There was unbelievable and an endless amount of delicious food. 
Yes I had more than three meals a day, and no I don't feel bad about it. 
There was latin dancing, the yummiest of coffee drinks, and Mr. Smith by my side. What more could I ask for. Well, maybe a little more sleep. Nicole wasn't the most laid back of brides. It was really great though.
There was even turtle beach births! Yes. You read that right. However the over-protective marine biologist wouldn't let us take pictures. (The visual is forever burned in my memory though)

Like sister, like sister- She had the best blue shoes!

I don't know if you can see Nicole's sash on her dress but
all the shades of blue looked amazing together!

Her other maids of honor did her hair!
Unbelievable (they aren't even hair dressers by trade!)

While the beach was plan A,
the hotel made plan B look pretty amazing for the ceremony.
I'm so glad my husband knew to look at the groom's face at this moment.
He still remembers that feeling! :) 
Again, my husband rocks, but this picture came out a little fuzzy.
(I blame the camera, not the photographer!)
Just as the husband and wife should be treated- like royalty!
The skies let up so that we could get some great pics on the beach!
The shades of blue in the resort pool and in the sky were a perfect match!
I think Nicole may have planned it. Maybe.
I think the rain actually made the pictures more amazing!
This was the original ceremony spot. 
The new combined families. Minus my better half. :(
It really was an amazing hotel!
There were certainly some tears at the dinner afterward
(from me especially).
I'd like to take credit for these entranced faces, but I think my dad is toasting here. 
My sister's love language is definitely not physical touch (unlike me),
so this snapshot is a rarity.
I think it might be one of my all time favorites.
Would it be weird to blow it up and make it our Christmas card this year?

I'm so happy for Nicole and Steven! Can't wait to visit them in their new Dallas home!
Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Shanks!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Wall Worth

What's a wall worth? Some say it distracts, others say it heightens concentration. I say, a little color goes a long way. As a new educator, I am slightly lacking in my school room decor. However, some lovely co-workers of mine have assisted in the Mrs. Smith classroom wall fund. I think they took pity on my sad walls. Amazingly enough, despite the craziness of pre-planning week, the crafty and creative history teacher actually put my bulletin board together for me! I am really actually blessed to work where and with whom I do. It's truly a blessing.
Anyway...I had printed off a few exceptional quotes and verses on simple computer paper, and she actually laminated them and then put up a bunch of her own scrapbook paper. The picture might not do it justice, but it sure upgraded the walls in my classroom!  Now I just need a little rest before those high schoolers come barging in Monday morning. Maybe they will be so mezmorized by the board that they'll be speechless on day one! (or maybe I'll just need a lot of coffee)

I'm SO excited!!!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's official

I'm officially a Masters graduate! Hallelujah!
Thank you hubby for supporting me.
You know how to handle that responsibility like no one else! ;)
It meant so much to have my brother there to make me feel so special!
My parents endured many nights of me studying and stressing!
I can't thank you enough for everything!
My dad even came into town for the event. Thanks for everything Dad!

I start working as a professional teacher in two days! Yes, I am now a professional (as opposed to my amateur status I maintained last year during my internship). Here's to influencing  America's bright future!

~Mrs. TeacherBuster