Monday, May 29, 2006


Please check out and click on Public Journals. Click on 'Adrianna'. These are some friends of friends and they are in China right now picking up there adorable little girl. They have done a great job of taking pictures during their trip. It has been especially informative for me as I have been able to see what we can expect on our trip. I know you will like looking through their pics.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Goodbye, School Days....

I wanted to get some shots of the saddles in their end-of-year stage....signed in sharpie and decorated with highlighters....but alas, my camera ran out of battery power today. I took this a couple of weeks ago.

Another Shoe Suggestion

I was in the Camper store the other day and they have some SUPER CUTE shoes this season. They aren't cheap, but they ARE super comfy.

Camper Website

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Coming along....

Open House

Last night was Sam's Open House for the end of his year in Pre-K. This is Lauren. Lauren is a cutie.
We gave Sam the camera to take pictures of his classmates, but we found this one of his brother, Ethan. This image has captured Ethan like none other has.

A Shoe Suggestion

To Do List.

Grade art exams and turn in semester and exam grades.
Clean art room-yikes.
Finish going away present for Mr. R: a huge piece of community art, pictured here.
Buy a new pair of hip, comfy shoes.
Hug and kiss the students goodbye.
Get thru inservice.
Hug and kiss the teachers goodbye.
Sleep. Start exercising again. Start eating veggies and stop eating white flour and drinking caffeine.
Clean house.
Fly away.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Lizard's New Blog

Please check out my new blog at Click on 'Public Journals' and then 'Adrienne Mei'.

This site offers free web journaling to those who are adopting. The money raised from their 'Red Thread Adoption Boutique' helps support the site.

Studying Greek Architecture.

By a third grade student.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Best Small Group EVER.

Husband and I enjoyed a lovely Friday evening with our small group from church.

As you can see, at one point our hosts broke out the hookah. A great time was had by all.

(No, it's not a bong. Seriously, people.)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Watercolor and Ink painting by S., age seven. Inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My Celebratory Teaching Retirement Activity.

Call it an extremely early mid-life crisis,

an immature desire to be hip,

an obsession with all things Indian,

a need to be twinkies with my best friend,

or an equally immature desire to offend conservative friends in a conservative city.

I know it is none of these things. (Well, maybe the Indian thing.)

I just like it.

I'm getting my nose pierced as soon as school is out.

In the middle of the City....

....we search for beauty.....

and try to soak it up.....

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


We're staying put. Husband applies for teaching positions all over, interviews all over, gets offers from all over, then my own little school pops up with a position just weeks ago. A position he's really excited about. So, we're staying.

Grieving not getting to move to the hill country a little.....But, lots to be thankful for--our families are nearby, we will remain in our dear school and church communities where we've put down roots. And though I often long for change and adventure, roots are good. Not to be taken lightly.

We stay. And Husband has already started studying what he will teach next year, before the ink on his master's diploma is dry. :)


Keep praying for sweet baby Thomas--he's going through chemo right now. Pray for his parents, Sarah and Scott.....

I Love My Family...

I'm back in Boston today after being in Texas for 2 weeks. My paternal grandfather died a couple of weeks ago and I was able to be with my family before, during and after the funeral. It was a sad, but sweet time with them. I was reminded how much I love my parents and my super cute brothers. AND I was able to visit sweetpea and see baby Thomas and his family.

I am thankful today for my beautiful family and for my awesome friends who totally and completely fit into the "family" category as well.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Lizard's Mother's Day

Overall it has been a nice weekend. We grilled out, drank a nice wine and I was given a nice gift by my family. But I should have known that there is no such thing as an idyllic day in motherhood. During church today the assistant in my 3-yr olds class came and got me saying that E. was complaining of a tummy ache. I should have seen right there what was coming, but I was naively determined to make our lunch out with friends. E. seemed ok and I assumed he was just hungry. By the end of the service his teacher brought him to me. Uh oh. He didn't look good. Church got out and I gave him a snack. He told me he was better and I, still hopeful, said great. A little while later we got in the car to drive to the restaurant. E. began to cough repeatedly. I began to think he was coming down with something, fast. We got to the restaurant and my anxiety over E. began to grow especially when his eyes began to grow red and puffy. This is when I thought, "oh, allergies." I gave him benadryl. I went outside with him to walk around while we waited for it to take affect waving to our friends as they walked in the restaurant to sit with my husband and 5-yr old. We had been outside about 10 minutes when yep, he vomited all over himself, me and the sidewalk. sigh. Lunch over. I never even sat down with our friends and I now could not enter the restaurant to say good-bye, because I was covered with vomit. Nice. So needless to say we left. As I was stripping E. and I in the parking lot I thought, "this is motherhood."

(E. does not have food allergies, but at times viruses cause him to have allergic reactions. Weird I know.)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy.

So I'm thinking the much-hyped "marriage posts" will be a bit anticlimactic when I finally get to them. I haven't forgotten. I'm extremely busy with teaching and doing my business and being a wife and the both of us trying to make decisions about where we will be next year. We've made a decision, finally, and I'll let you know about it, soon, when it's official. Oh, and Husband finished his last final of graduate school this week and today started work at the bookstore to tide us over. And there's five years of classroom paraphernalia to sort and pack, 180 restless children to manage and teach, exams to prepare, give, and grade, inservice and.........

Boston, we'll be there soon................

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Knitting Lizard

I wanted to show you my very first knitting project. It is a felted purse. I think felting something for your first project is a great way to start, because you will eventually hide all your beginner mistakes! I'm not at wedding girls level yet, but I am proud of my first attempt!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Krazy Kinkade.

I must link you to this:

Friday, May 05, 2006

A Good Darfur Synopsis.

(Reuters) - "After three deadlines for a deal passed, the biggest of three Darfur rebel factions and the Sudanese government signed a peace agreement on Friday but two other rebel factions rejected the deal, casting doubt on whether it would be workable.
Here are some key facts on the Darfur crisis:

* Rebels in the vast region the size of France took up arms against the government in February 2003 saying the Sudanese government in Khartoum discriminated against mostly non-Arabs in Darfur.

* More than 2 million civilians, mostly subsistence farmers, have fled their homes to camps in Darfur and across the border into Chad to escape the fighting and raids by government-backed militias. The United States has called the violence genocide. The Sudanese government admits to arming some militias to quell the rebellion but denies links to Janjaweed militias accused of rape, murder and looting.

* The U.N. has estimated at least 180,000 people have died....... "

Did anyone see E.R. last night? The episode took place in Darfur.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Amen, and Amen!!

NEW YORK - The nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all soda sales to public schools, according to a deal announced Wednesday by the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Under the agreement, the companies have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milks to elementary and middle schools, said Jay Carson, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton. Diet sodas would be sold only to high schools.
Cadbury Schweppes PLC, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and the American Beverage Association have all signed onto the deal, Carson said, adding that the companies serve "the vast majority of schools."

Source: My peoplepc news.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

School Days Are Almost Over.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Auntie Lizard

Here are two pictures of Lila Kate at home. In the first image Lila Kate was checking things out over my shoulder. The second image is of Eva Grace, Lila's big sister. Eva Grace prefers princess wear.

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