Monday, March 23, 2009

If my life was a bucket of photos...

1. What is your first name?
natalie be my name Pictures, Images and Photos

2. Where do you live?
ALABAMA Pictures, Images and Photos

3. Whats your relationship status?
In LOVE Pictures, Images and Photos

4. Favorite color?
teal paisley Pictures, Images and Photos

5. What is your favorite movie?
Gone with the wind Pictures, Images and Photos

6. What is your dream vacation?
Hawaii Pictures, Images and Photos

7. What are you thinking about right now?
keith Pictures, Images and Photos

8. Who is your best friend?
keith Pictures, Images and Photos

9. What is your nickname
Nat King Cool Pictures, Images and Photos
(minus the king cole part!)

10. What is your career?
Conductor Pictures, Images and Photos

11. What are you going to do after this?
phone Pictures, Images and Photos
Snooze Pictures, Images and Photos

12. What is the farthest from home you've ever traveled?
Map  of Spain Pictures, Images and Photos

13. What is your favorite month of the year?
flashy christmas tree Pictures, Images and Photos

My love

I forgot to brag on Keith. Not only does my family love him, but he loves them right back. I ams so thankful for him and the relationship he has with my parents and sister! Please lift Keith up in your prayers as he searches for work. The job market is AWFUL right now, but we are trusting in Him to lead us through, and we know He will provide! BTW, here's a lovely picture of us, photography by mom.

Spring Family!

Springtime is officially here! Keith and I went home to Ozark this weekend to visit my family. It was a really great time! My sister was there on Spring Break so we got to see her a bit, too. Family is really the most important thing!

Lorilyn and Keith were so late for church, they had to eat standing up. And weren't happy to see the camera.

The sun. Was so. Bright.

Dad rockin' the argyle...

The fam. Please note- I will never wear that pattern ever again.
Other than that, not much new. working on a spring concert, musical practice and trying to keep on with the weight loss. holding fast at 12 lbs, but hoping to break that plateau very soon!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Shall we dance?

This weekend, I got the pleasure of chaperoning the "Spring Fling" at school. It is a Sadie Hawkins type dance where the girls ask the boys (similar to Christmas Ball at CHS). I didn't really know what to think or expect, but let me tell you- I think I had as much fun reminiscing and remembering as the kids did dancing. Working in a high school can be a numbing, disappointing experience if you let it-- however, i'm blessed to be in an enviornment that is simply unparalleled, even at the dances!

This dance was different in lots of ways from what I knew; no rap, no 'booty dancing', no scandalous dresses...but the excitement that the girls and guys had really radiated throughout the place. It was genuinely FUN. I remember getting all dolled up, waiting for my date to knock on the door (and making my Dad answer it, even if I was ready) and the butterflies that accompanied it all. Going out to eat, riding in a limo, or a parent's borrowed car, and getting to the dance seeing all your friends and their really don't appreciate the simplicity of only having to worry about your hair and makeup until you are a true grown up I guess. That being said, I really have great "dance" memories. Beneath the twinkling lights of the junior high gym Saturday, I started thinking about my favorites. Here's a sampling:

1. I remember wanting Jerrod to ask me to homecoming 9th grade year, and how nervous he seemed, fumbling with his trombone case while walking me to class before he actually popped the question. I said yes, of course. this led to 3 more years of "perma dates" with Mr. Bowman (3 christmas balls, 2 homecomings)

2. I remember getting ready for prom senior year and how exciting it was to be going in a LIMO! Meeting Julie and Brady and everyone at the civic center was simply amazing.

3. I remember how nervous I was on the rare occasions I went to dances with boys I didn't know well...and how much more fun I had going to dances with friends like Matt and Jerrod.

4. I remember waiting in the picture line with Doug at all the dances senior year, commenting on everyones attire and not knowing how soon everything and everyone in that room would slip away.

5. I remember slow dancing- I remember my first slow dance (Aaron Blankenship in the 7th grade) and getting ready for middle school dances with Abigail listening to Montell Jordan. HA!

Anyway, I just thought i'd post a little nostalgia. I hope that the kids who were at the dance saturday know just how good they have it- and how much better it will become. The twinkling lights seem a bit softer with age.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

oh yeah

also, I have officially passed the first 10 pound mark! My total is 11.8 lost since Feb. 2nd. HOORAY! 11.8 down, and a little over 60 to go! Hooray!

My life's soundtrack

In class yesterday, I had my students fill this out with their "life's soundtracks". I am going to make my seniors a CD of their answers for graduation. Got me thinking though....Here are mine! if you haven't heard of a song or artist here, I encourage you to look 'em up! let me hear yours too!

-Opening Credits: Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap

-Waking Up: Beautiful Day by U2

-First Love: When I fall by Barenaked Ladies

-Fight Scene: Never Again- Kelly Clarkson

-Breaking Up: Look after you by The Fray

-Make Up: Back to You by John Mayer

-Secret Love: Neon by John Mayer

-Life's OK: New Soul by Yael, Born to Fly by Sara Evans

-Mental Breakdown: Gravity by Sara Barellies

-Driving Scene: Love Shack by B52's

-Flashback to youth: Granpa by the Judds

-Regretting: Tracing by John Mayer

-Long Night Alone: Let Him Fly by the Dixie Chicks

-Death Scene: He's always been faithful by Sara Groves

-End Credits: 100 years by Five for Fighting