Sunday, February 27, 2011

bittersweet iphone

bye bye blackberry,

hello iphone4!

I love my blackberry, LOVE. It has been such an awesome phone and I love all of their cool features. However, it was time for a change. As soon as Verizon announced that it was coming out with the iphone4, I knew I wanted one. I have played with my roommate's for awhile and knew I'd like it. I was due for an upgrade back in December but waited for the iphone to come out. So, yesterday I went and got it!! I was so excited but it was very sad seeing my blackberry go. I have to admit that I just now (as of 5 minutes ago) turned my blackberry off. I am sad to see it be turned off for the last time. :( Is it weird that I am so attached to a phone?? Does that make me a loser? That phone has been through some ups and downs with me! Getting my first teaching job, losing my job last year, getting my job this year, 2 trips to the beach, many trips to he lake, selling my jeep, buying my malibu, many nights crying on the phone with my mom, and many late night texts to Ty! Thank you blackberry, for 2 great years!

I do LOVE the iphone though. I have found myself playing on it NON-stop which is bad - but I will have to find a happy medium! I have already used the FACE TIME (which I was most excited about). Jeri just got her iphone Friday so we played last night on the facetime. I thought it was so cool! I got to see dad mom and jeri all at once :) haha! I am also quite obsessed with words with friends so if you have it and would like to play me, leave me your username! I am not very good so you'll have a great chance of winning ;) I am currently losing to Jeri, Christen, Melissa, and Jessica! haha :)

We have had beautiful weather here in Alabama lately - I hope everyone else has too! I am so ready for Spring because that means Summer is right around the corner!!!! There are only 10 more school days til Spring Break!! :)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Friday, February 25, 2011

what do you make?

Head over to my canvas blog for Kelly's Korner's Show Us Your Life - What Do You Make?

Thank you Kelly for hosting this!! What a great way to get everyone's business name out there!!!

Check out my other blog for info/prices/etc for my canvases!!!!!!!! I would love to make one for you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ALOT of catching up....

well here are some late February pictures from our apt decorated for Valentine's Day. Thanks to the $1 aisle at Target, our apt has been decorated for Christmas, Winter, and V-day. Can't wait to see what they have for Easter!

I've said this before but I cannot wait to have a house to decorate!!!!!

Here are some pictures of baby Levi from this past weekend!!! He is so sweet!

Ty woke me up last Saturday at 8:15 (yes, on my one day to sleep in) by coming in my room (or his sister's room to be exact!) and telling me we had an appointment at 10 to get my window's tinted on the Malibu!!! I was so excited so I jumped out of bed to get ready! 2 hours later, here is the malibu...

Last week I was too lazy to make dinner so I made these instead:

They were sooooo good! I guess they are called pizza rolls? I just lined the crescent rolls with marinara sauce and put cheese and pepperoni in it then rolled it up and baked them according to the crescent package! yummy yummy!

And last but not least, go check out my Kanvas blog for my latest paintings! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Baby Nephew!

My sister Christen had a sweet baby boy today! Levi Cobb Sparks was born around 1pm and weighs 8lbs and is 21 inches long! Congrats Christen and Ryan on your precious baby boy! This aunt could not feel more blessed! I am already so in love!!! He is so precious and looks just like his daddy! Mommy and baby are doing great! Thank you Lord for a safe delivery! I am always amazed when I hold a newborn - God's little miracles are so amazing!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!! This is Ty and I's first V-Day apart :( and I'm hoping it will be our last. I hope everyone else is spending their day with their Valentine!!!!

dont you love Ty's fake smile?? :)
Ty and I went to dinner on Saturday night after he spent alllll day working on my car - washing/cleaning/fixing a light/changing the oil, etc. He is the best!!!!! We are going next weekend to get his present - he wanted a magazine for his gun so thats what he's getting :) And I am getting tinted windows for my car in a few weeks! :) We are very practical can't you tell? I had an amazing weekend with him and its getting harder and harder telling him bye every Sunday! :( I dread it!!!

Enjoy your night everyone :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I won I won!

I won an award! This is my first award! Thank you Ashley!!!!!!!!! 

So this is how it works:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 8 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact the bloggers and let them know about the award.

Here are 7 things about me you might not know:

1. I LOVE photography. If I wasn't a teacher, I would probably do something with photography. I just LOVE taking pictures. When I have babies, I know I will want to invest in a super duper cool high-tech camera.

2. I love going to weddings. I love the "all is right with the world" feeling that I get at weddings. 

3. I make personalized canvases! Head over to my Kanvas blog for more info! 

4. I really want to adopt a puppy but I know right now is not the time!

5. Now that we are talking about adoption, I have ALWAYS wanted to adopt a little girl from China! I just think they are precious!

6. I really want to travel and see the world!

7. I love decorating for holidays - Christmas, Winter, Valentine's Day, Spring, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. I cannot wait to have a house to decorate for!

Now here are the wonderful bloggers that I am giving this award to:

1. Erin at
2. Lindsay at
3. Jenn at
4. Erin at
5. Amy at
6. Natasha at
7. Allison at
8. The Fryers at

We are enjoying a beautiful day here in Alabama! I hope everyone else is too! :) 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

this is new....

I've never been to school (as long as I can remember) when there was snow on the was a first! You'd think Alabama was starting to be a northern state or something...the roads didn't close, the grocery stores didn't sell out of milk and bread, the town didn't shut down, the schools didn't close. What is going on here??? We did go in at 10 (which I could seriously get used to...I even had time this morning to clean my nasty bathroom!) but school was not canceled...crazy times. I guess we've had so much lately (well, wayyy more than normal) that we are actually getting used to going on with life even when we get a 1/2 inch of snow. :) I heard the college kids causing a ruckus last night when I was trying to go to sleep. I knew they were playing in the snow and this morning I found this....

well hello there cute little snowman :)

School was relaxing and refreshing today. Had a little more than 1/2 the kids in each class and the day went by so fast. I guess if we went in at 10 everyday, our pay might be cut and Lord knows we already don't get paid jack squat!

I had a very rough day yesterday and the good Lord knew I needed a day like today - slept in, easy day at work - Thank you Jesus for looking out for me.

The Malibu's first snow :)
I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and a great weekend! Ty and I are going to the lake to celebrate Valentine's Day! :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My new car!!!!!!

Its official people, I have the keys to my new car!!! Its a silver 2008 Chevy Malibu! Ty found it on Craigslist and we went to look at it on Saturday! Sold my jeep Sunday and took the day off Monday & got the keys! Jeep officially got sold today so yay! I will go into detail about the whole story later but for now, I wanted to leave yall with a picture of my new baby!!! More pictures and the full story coming soon....

in other news...this is what we've been doing lately with all the cold/freezing weather...

this is about what we sound like:

Casey: are we going to the gym today?
me: yes, but i dont wanna get up
Casey: me either - its warm under these blankets

30 minutes passes.....

Casey: ok, on the count of 3, lets get up!!! 1, 2, 3.....

noone moves

Casey: get up!
me: well you didn't get up either....
me: ok we're getting up, ready set go!

noone moves again.....

Casey: if i get up, will you get up?
me: maybe. if i get up will you get up?
Casey: maybe.

good news - we did make it to the gym that day ;)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

freezing and bummed

bye bye beautiful spring weather that we had for about 4 days that was oh so nice, hello FREEZING i need my fuzzy and electric blanket weather. Its always a letdown when you have beautiful weather then it gets bitterly cold again. :( I went to bed last night without my electric blanket or fuzzy and woke up completely frozen. I hate those mornings when you literally cannot get out of bed because it is so cold! That was me this morning, which caused me to rush to get to work. I also hate when its this cold because of course im sitting on the couch in my sweats not wanting to go to the gym. Who wants to leave your house when its so cold your hands freeze just walking to the car? I am going to go work out though, because I've been doing a stellar job working out consistently and I don't want to mess it up! Guess what will be waiting for me for dinner after my workout? yummy chicken n dumplings. Perfect for this cold night. :)

So - I know yall are all anxiously awaiting the car news right? Totally bummed - we didn't get it! :( Ty had in mind what he wanted to pay for what he thought it was worth and someone bid higher so we didn't get it. I was sooooo bummed when I got the text at school. Totally ruined my day. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up like I did but I couldn't help it. I have been waiting on a new car for 6 years! I prayed last night that if that was the car of me, to let it work out. So apparently God did not want me driving that car!! I really hope something works out soon though - I am so impatient!!

Hump Day is over - Tomorrow is THURSDAY!!! :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tutoring/New Car

So I started tutoring today! It is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3-4:45. I know there will be days when I am so tired, I'll just want to leave and go lay in my bed - but I am excited about it! Today was great. It is so interesting seeing the kids in a smaller group. They act totally different when they aren't trying to be cool around their friends. ;) I also like how it is much more relaxed. Yes, we have stuff to get done. However, its all about what they need. I'm not pressed for time and trying to get a million things done before they switch classes. I get to focus on them and their needs-individually.

So - BIG NEWS - tomorrow could be the day - new car day!!! We will see how it goes...its so unknown because its an auction so if someone bids higher than we want to pay, I don't get it. However, hopefully if it doesn't work out tomorrow, there will be another car next week! Here is a picture of a car LIKE the one that will hopefully be mine (not the exact one):

Its a 2008 Chevy Malibu - Black - Cloth interior. They interior is 2-toned (black and tan). I didn't think I liked the 2-tones interior but it looks pretty sharp! I am so excited! Now we just have to pray that noone else REALLY wants it tomorrow ;)