Thursday, March 05, 2009

March Snow

I have been holding off posting these pictures because there is something about 70 degree weather that makes you think of tulips and chicks rather than a half a foot of snow.  But we aren't that lucky!  The temperature has dipped once again, and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

Needless to say, we all enjoyed the snow and the bleak mid-winter break from school and work.  However - I'm ready for the blooming of trees and flowers, even if it takes a toll on my allergies.  Time to stock up on the Zyrtec!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Close, but no cigar

This past weekend Jeremy and I made the trip to South Carolina to visit his family.  We hadn't seen them since Christmas and decided it was time to make the venture.  While Jeremy and I were packing for the trip and loading the car he mentioned not forgetting the "cashmere bag."  It wasn't until the second time that he mentioned it that I realized what he was saying, but didn't think much about it because I don't even own a cashmere sweater, much less a bag of some sort.  Do they even make cashmere bags??  Anyway, as we were walking out the door he had said bag in hand.  When I laid eyes on it I stopped in mid step.  Through a failed attempt to keep a straight face, I said "This is the bag you were talking about!?"

In all seriousness he replied that yes, this was the bag and he planned to use it to bring back some blackberry plants from this mother's back yard.  

Oh how me makes me laugh! 

He could use some Basic Instructions in categorizing fabrics.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I'm in the middle of a fight with my food processor and am waiting on Jeremy to come home so he can put an end to it.  So frustrating, my soup intentions have stalled and there is nothing I can do about it.  I even took a wooden spoon to it attempting to get the lid off and it wont budge. 

So while I wait why not post something meaningless about my day?  

I shall.

Today I treated myself to a little afternoon escape to Starbucks.  Jeremy is gone for a few hours refereeing a couple of soccer games and I needed to run some errands anyway.  So while I was out I decided to take my book along for the ride and venture to a quiet corner of the coffee shop where I could forget about school work, house work, and preparing for my lesson tomorrow. 

Forgetting...that's what I like to do best.  

There are few things better than a great book (currently reading the 3rd book in Jan Karon's Mitford series) and a FREE latte thanks to the many gift cards I received at Christmas from the kids at school.  

While I enjoyed my outing, I will have to say the best part about the afternoon at Starbucks is the reminder I was there when I get a whiff of coffee every now and then that tends to linger on my clothes.  

It's the simple things that bring joy to my day.  

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mrs. Mel(fill in the blank)

Who knew a simple last name like ours could be butchered so badly by elementary school kids? I do find the name a little awkward to say, but with having Jackson as a last name for 23 years I just thought it was me.

Here are a few that are my favorites thus far...

Various pronunciations by children who cannot say their r’s or l’s, or both…adorable!
Mrs. Melbourne
Mrs. Melbert
Mrs. Milford- she is another teacher but I “can't be her because she is old and wrinkly and lives where old people live" according to one of my first graders. She was a teacher there when I was in elementary school…I guess he might have a point.
We were on a field trip on Wednesday and while waiting in line one of the students was reading my name tag and said "Ohhh, it’s Melberg! I thought it was Melbird!"

And the grand prize winner...
Mrs. Melburp

Ava Cathrine

On August 16th my best friend gave birth to a beautiful, healthy, 9lb 5oz baby girl! The gang flew (I KNOW!) to Asheville where I had the privilege to meet Ava this past weekend. Let me tell you, I couldn't take my eyes off her! She is just wonderful.

Janice, I am so happy for you and Brian and I am thankful for the time we were able to spend together! Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!

Friday, September 12, 2008

And we're back!

Jeremy and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary on Wednesday, the 10th. With that in mind I have been doing some reflecting and my...what a year it has been! It is safe to say the ups and downs will most likely not find themselves on the blog, but the Lord has used the good and the bad to bring us closer together. He has sustained us through the storms and has given us the desire to seek Him above all.

I love you babe and I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for us!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekend Update

Ok, Ok. Let me first say that I am the List Queen. I guess that encourages my detail-oriented personality. I was merely making a point, Jeremy and I have very different communication styles, email or otherwise, as most couples do. You will be happy to know that he remembered everything I mentioned in the email, and if the truth be known I think he had fun decoding my message. He called me from work and said that he had printed out the email and was going home to gather the items. He sounded as if he was on a mission from W himself. However, when we arrived at the camp to meet up with the youth group, he noticed that he forgot his sleeping bag and tennis shoes. Thus, proving my point that he is forgetful! Fortunately this is something that we can laugh about together. Mars and Venus here, trying to make it work.

We had a wonderful time at the fall retreat. Jeremy and I witnessed the Lord working in the lives of the youth while we were there. My prayer is that they will continue to be sensitive to his voice as the weeks pass and desire him completely. The youth pastor asked Jeremy and I to come up with a game for one of the sessions. Jeremy’s game of choice when like this: 6 middle school girls had to fish gummy worms out of buckets filled with ice water and feed them to high school boys, using only their feet! You can take the boy out of Young Life…

Friday, November 09, 2007

Boys Speak in Rhythm...

Jeremy and I have an ongoing struggle with communication, or maybe I should detail oriented personality struggles with his lack of memory. The following is an email from me to my darling husband. I guess I really shouldn't be surprised if he can't remember everything I tell him.

"I believe there is one shoe in my suitcase and the other is somewhere around the house. If you could track that down that would be lovely. Make sure my bright blue flip flops are also in the suitcase and it’s ready to go. The MJM tote bag by the dresser needs to be semi emptied. (you can leave the Real Simple and Southern Living magazines in there, there are also a few others on the island that I would like (they are in a stack closest to the coffee pot). Be sure to get my pillow (the one that feels cold to the touch when you touch it directly) a set of sheets, the quilt, and that sleeping bag. Don’t forget my makeup bag, it’s by my suitcase and needs to be put in the tote bag. I think that’s about all…make sure everything is turned off and the coffee pot and toaster oven are both unplugged. Oh, and get the cats ready for the weekend. Tonya mentioned buying hay and putting it under the stairs in the back yard so that they can stay warm at night…not that you have to do that today but it’s just a thought. Although I’m sure Miles and Jake (read: Search and Destroy) would have it ALL OVER the back yard in 2 shakes of a lamb’s tail. Be sure to put the cat’s food and water-lots of water-in the kitchen so if they turn it over it won’t make that big of a mess, or you could just leave it in the bathroom, but make sure the door is propped open in case Jerry or Macel close themselves in accidentally. Don’t forget to close our bedroom door and the guest bedroom door before you leave. Okay…call me when you get home in case I have forgotten anything."

NOTE: I'm sure I will arrive at our destination to find one tennis shoe, every magazine that he can find, and my navy flip flops because the dear has trouble distinguishing different shades of blue.

Such is life.