Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Beach

We also went to the beach while we were in town. Everytime I go to the beach on St. Simons Island I wonder why people vacation there! I mean the atmosphere is nice but the sand and the water is crummy! Go find some nice blue water and white sandy beaches!

It was stormy almost all week, but we just decided we had to brave it and go. It was a little cool too that day. The kids had fun anyways getting all wet and sandy. John would run out to the water and then run back out repeatedly. Ruthanne had lots of fun building dribble sand castles. At the end we were 5 minutes too late getting to the car and got drenched a bit. We'll have to go again on a nice sunny day and maybe I will have better thoughts about the beach!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Sea Turtle Center

I wanted to do something somewhat educational while we were in town, so we went to see the new Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. It is pretty small and I am glad that there weren't any more people around, thank goodness school had started already. They give you a sea turtle journal after you pay and then you can go around this little room and put stamps (embossing) in your journal that eventually makes up a story about your turtle (you don't get to pick you story, its random). And, you can go see the sea turtles that they currently have there and hear about their medical problems and how they came to the center. All in all it was pretty fun, but probably only about an hours worth of fun for my 5 and 2 year olds!

Here they are before we went in.

This is in the hospital area where the keep the sea turtles.

Here they are looking at a little turtle, Cohen, that will have to live the rest of its life at the center being an example of his species (or so his information book said). He had been in a car accident and couldn't move his back legs very well.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Catch Up

I know, I promised pictures! But, we have had a super crazy week. John came down with croup Sunday night and then Ruthanne got it. They were up at night most of the week and we were doing steamy showers to help them breath better. So, Mom wasn't sleeping well, I had Activity Days at church Tuesday night that I was in charge of, a primary lesson and sharing time for today, and we've been writing a Roadshow for a primary activity in September. Whew!

So, first, here are all the miscellaneous pictures.

This is before church on Sunday.

Posing with Mamom. I must have 15 shots of this pose. Its hard to get a picture that looks good of 3 of them at the same time!

My birthday cake! It was from Brusters and was really good! If you order a couple days or more ahead of time, you can pick your ice cream flavor. Its a cute cake too! Below the kids are eating cake.

If I remember correctly, Ruthanne was siting on Mimi's lap because John didn't want to love on Mimi; but, of course once Ruthanne was getting some attention John wanted in on it!

I don't like getting behind! I'm going to aim for a post a day until I get all up to date!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trip to Brunswick

We drove down to Brunswick almost a couple of weeks ago to buy our new car and play and visit with family. This is some of our car ride there.

I'll be going through our pictures from our trip and blogging about our fun times, the Sea Turtle Center, the beach, my birthday, etc. I have some old things I need to post about too, Krista's wedding, Georgia Aquarium, Hannah's Birthday party. So, stay tuned!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Look its Hootie - in Country!

I kept thinking this song had a familiar voice to it, but I couldn't place it! Well, its Hootie (from Hootie and the Blowfish) going solo as Darius Rucker and he will soon have out a country album. If its anything like his first single, I will like it!

Anyhow, check out his first country single, if you haven't already been listening to it on the radio.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


I've been absent as I've been catching back up with the Twilight Saga.

I read the first three books about a year ago and loved them. Fast forward to now, the fourth and final book has been released and I needed to re-read the first three so I could be back up to speed! So, since I didn't have access to the first 3, my mother-in-law bought them for me (well, plus the final 4th one - she even went out at midnight!) for an early birthday present. I've had them all in my possession since Saturday and I have made it through the first two and halfway through the third. I'm almost sad that I'm about to start the 4th one for the first time, then it will all be over! I don't want it to end! Maybe once I'm all done, I will blog a bit more frequently!

You never know

I've been teaching primary at church since we moved back to Georgia, specifically the CTR 8 class, boys and girls. It was tough keeping their attention and teaching to a broad range of knowledge and abilities. I had a girl (lets call her Jane) who was difficult to get interested in the lesson, preferring to lay on the chairs than sit up and participate. Really it took some time and she gradually became more used to me and participated more in class, with some special assignments for her to do in class.

But, just when it was getting easier for me, the Primary Presidency decided that I should take over the Valiant 9 and 10 class and help with Activity Days (mid-week activities for the girls). I had one last lesson with my CTR 8 class (which went exceptionally well) and I was able to explain to them that I was going to be teaching a different class. The girls would get to be in my new class next year anyways and if they were 8 already, they participate in the Activity Days. I figured no big deal, they wouldn't miss me, I'm not that exceptional of a teacher.

But, two Sundays after my last lesson with them, Jane comes up to me as I am preparing to start my lesson with the new Primary class and asks why I can't be her teacher any more. I never would have thought that this girl would miss me and how often did I ponder not trying to reach out to her in some way during the lesson because it was too much work. Well, it is worth it, and even if we don't know if we have had an impact or helped in any way, Heavenly Father knows. We may never know in what ways we may touch those who cross our path, but I hope that I will strive harder to have a good influence and put forth the effort in whatever Heavenly Father has asked of me.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


My favorite place to shop (browse really) lately is etsy. There are so many creative people out there making all kinds of unique items. I've put some of my favorites in the column to the right. If you click on carlapwilson underneath I believe you can go in and see all of my favorite shops. My friend Rosie just started an etsy shop and is doing lots of cute stamped jewelry (see the two items on the bottom). So, if you are out there wondering what to get me for my birthday, these are also good suggestions!