Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Day @ Mom's

We snapped a few pictures in Mom's front yard on Christmas Day.  I was happy with how they turned out. 

This one with Papaw may be my all time favorite!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Title Conference, December 7, 2011

    December has been a crazy whir-wind kind of month!  One of the biggest highlights that I want to remember came when my teammate and I presented at the Title I Conference in Gatlinburg.  That's Erika and me above.  I look like the pale-white zebra mammoth next to her.

   I have been to the Title conference twice before.  It's a conference where teachers from Title I Schools go for new ideas and strategies (and a much needed break from the classroom).   When the opportunity arose for us to present we jumped on it.
     We taught one hour long session titled "Reading Revived" where we showcased fun and hands-on activities that we do during our reading instruction.   I must say, it's really nice working with someone that you click with.  Erika and I do well presenting together because we can finish one another's sentences and give each other a hard time for a little humor. 

     We prepared our presentation on Prezi, which is like a glorified online power-point.   Our Prezi ended up being huge so we were praying for good internet connection (and I mean that relevantly).   At home, with a good connection, it would take about 20 minutes for the Prezi to load on my computer. 

    We knew our conference room would accommodate 100 people so we made 115 handouts and CDs with our accompanying documents. 

    We decided to go to the session that was in the same room as ours the hour before ours.  Those presenters struggled with the internet the entire session. We were beginning to sweat bullets!  About thirty minutes before the presentation we decided to pull it up on both of our personal lap-tops.  Erika couldn't get it to load at all on her computer.  I started praying and even sent texts asking for prayer.  Just a few minutes later, the whole thing loaded in less than 30 seconds.  I know the Lord touched my computer and I was able to tell the people in our session that.

    We ended up with a packed room!  We ran out of the CDs and I've made more to mail to people that requested them.  The presentation itself went so well.  We received a ton of compliments...and one lady even asked us to come and present at her school.  HA!

      The funny thing about this whole story is that Erika and I are two of the least likely people to get up and talk in front of people.  Afterwards we were definitely on an adrenaline high!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

From the Joneses...and a poor neglected blog.

Here's to another week off work and (hopefully) some blog updates!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bell Buckle and Grout

Friday night, Michael and I drove to Murfreesboro and spent the night.  On Saturday morning we drove to the tiny town of Bell Buckle for their craft show.  I had been looking forward to this since the summer when a friend from work told me about it.  It didn't disappoint.

It was so packed out.  Thousands and thousands of people.  Lots of greasy food and great crafts...needless to say I loved it!

My two purchases...

On the home front it's Fall Break...I hear the angels singing every time I say that.  Michael has took off work too.  Although he's gonna be remodeling I expect we'll sneak some time in together.  

Oh and there's grout in the bathroom!  Doesn't it look good?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monthly Post

    I hate that this has become a once a month post blog.  I keep promising myself big promises only to let myself down...again....and again....and again.  
    I sat out my fall decor last night.  Nothing glamorous but it does make me happy.

The bathroom now has of today.  Michael's dad came up and helped with that project, and we're very thankful for that!  It still needs to be grouted.  

    And finally I leave you with our newest remodeling project....seriously! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Catching Up

     It's funny.  Things are crazy busy in the Jones' household yet I'm struggling to come up with quality blogging material.  We busy with just the normal life stuff.  

     Michael is still working 12 hours days.  I've started back to school.  I am loving my little class.  If you're of the teacher mind set you may want to check out my other blog...I've been trying to add some posts there.

   Oh and stop the world...there has been some progress made to the slowest great bathroom remodel of 2011.   It hasn't been a huge priority since we have another restroom.  Between Michael's work hours and keeping up with our yard work and our neighbor's he hasn't had much time to devote to it.  
 The big hole in the wall has been re-sheet-rocked, wiring re-wired, lighting hung, and fresh paint applied.  We went with a gold paint.  Huge change from yellow, huh?  But it really is.  We're sensing some tile flooring in our near future.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

In-law Love

   Michael's grandmother passed away this past weekend.  She was living in Florida so we made a quick trip down there for the services.  When I say quick...I mean quick.  We left early Tuesday morning and got home late Wednesday night.  I enjoyed getting to see his family again and meeting some new faces.
    She was buried at a national cemetery.  Which was really neat.  I would love to go back sometime and take pictures of the cemetery.  Here is a family pic in case anyone is interested.


Mrs. Willie I have a blank CD pulled out for your copies....they're coming.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Have you saw this?

  So Cute!  

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Well bible school has come and gone for this year. 

I love working and helping out at our bible school.  I was actually saved at a bible school so it's extra special to me!

    Our theme this year was "Discovering God's Word" so we went with detectives.  We don't buy a curriculum and decorations.  We have to come up with all our own ideas and go from there.   It's a lot more work but it's also a lot of fun and special.

The first four pictures were from the auditorium.  It's kind of hard to decorate in there.  The boxes are empty and just wrapped in colorful bulletin board paper.  Easy Decoration!

The doors are kind of hard to see.  They said "Mission Headquarters, Special Agents Only".  They also had questions marks and magnifying glasses.

Who dunnit?   Bible trivia....

    I have some cute pictures of the kids but can't post them since I don't have parental permission.  It was a fun week.  I really embarrassed myself helping in the skits two nights.  But it was all for the kids ;). 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Family Smilebox

I'm busy preparing for the new school year.  I hate laying in bed at night exhausted but can't sleep because my mind won't slow down.  It's just that time of year.

I created a new smilebox for my school website. At least I can mark something off the list.  :)

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Saturday, July 23, 2011