Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Just real quick....

Just wanted to share one of my favorite pics of Colin EVER. courtesy of Jeff Stapleton photography :)

I went to the doctor and he said I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Yuck. Jeff said I was a real Stapleton now...because I have irritable bowels.

Tonight we have a lock-in for the youth. I'm excited but pray that I can stay awake. If any of you know me, you know that I am NOT a night person. But we have lots of cool stuff planned. pics to come.

Colin threw up 3 times last night. Poor baby. I don't think he is sick though. I guess something just didn't settle right. He was so worn out after all that throwing up that he wouldn't even read his favorite page of "Brown Bear Brown Bear." He likes to say, "teacher, teacher" and he just wouldn't do it. But he slept all night (without getting out of his new bed) and seems better today.

I really don't want to go back to work on Monday. I've enjoyed my time with my boys even though we've all had upset tummys at some point during the last week.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can't wait to see what 2009 brings to my family and yours.

Friday, December 26, 2008


So I got my haircut today. My cousin cut it and colored it. I LOVE the cut (even though it is pretty short). However, she accidently used the hair color that my mom picked out for herself on me. So....i'm a little bit of a red head now. But it doesn't look too bad. It's just hair, right?

On another note, Colin started sleeping in his toddler bed. He has one of those convertible beds, so it is still his crib, but with the mattress lowered and the little bed rails on front. He did really well the first night. He fell out once, but he didn't cry. I put this gymnastics mat thingy that we have on the floor in front of his bed in case that happens again. The next night though, I laid him down and then 5 minutes later I turned around and he was standing in our bedroom just staring at us. It was pretty cute. I think he will get used to it.

Christmas was really good. Jeff's parents got us a Wii and my parents gave us some money to go toward the "TV fund." Colin got lots of cool new toys and he even got a new little toddler sized recliner. I think Jeff is jealous that he doesn't even have one! It was really nice to spend time with family. They are greatness.

I have been SO sick lately with stomache issues. It seems that I am hit with either nausia or ....well....the other end...ATLEAST once a week (usually 2 or 3 times a week). I've tried paying attention to what I eat to see if it is a certain food, but I can't figure it out. I will be going to the doctor when I get back home. I'm thinking it is probably some sort of inflammatory bowel syndrome or stomache ulsers. So please pray that they will find out what the problem is. It seems silly to me to ask for prayer about a stomach issue, but it is getting rather dabilitating and really really old.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I do have permission to post this, because Jeff designed the card. I just wanted to share our greeting card and say "Merry Christmas!" I am thankful for you and pray that God blesses your Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


So yesterday was the last day of school. Woo-hoo! But we had a great party. I have the sweetest class. We had a PTA fundraiser that raised enough money to buy every kid in the school a hardback book. So I wrapped each book and we had a gift exchange type of game at the party. The kids faces were SO cute as they unwrapped their book. Each kid had a different book so it was really cool. They were excited.

Last night, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings with Jenni and Tim and then we went to a Mudbugs game. It was fun! We got some really close seats (like the 5th row!) Jenni and Tim are great and I LOVE being around them. We have great adventures every time we hang out.

Today we are going Christmas shopping and we are going to try to get it all done today! We haven't even started. The only thing I have bought is stocking stuffers and a new pair of high top converse chucks for Colin. Then tonight my house needs a long awaited cleaning. Especially the laundry. It is really bad.

Tomorrow we go to church and do christmas caroling at night time. AND my little man comes home! He has been spending the weekend with Granny and Pops since Granny had a few days off of work. Mommom and PePaw are going to pick him up and bring him back home. I can't wait to see him. It's great though because when he is gone from us I can talk to him on the phone now. Before, I would talk to him, but he wouldn't respond. When I talked to him the other day he said Mommy and Daddy a few times. And he pushed the buttons on the phone a few times too. I miss him.

Welp, that's all that's really going on right now. Not very exciting, but glad to have a break.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tag fever

These survey tags are going around like viruses!!!!

8 things you've always wondered about me!

I was tagged by Taylor.

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Chilis
2. Jalapeno Tree
3. Cafe Italia
4. Olive Garden
5. Fazolis
6. Homeros
7. Red Plum (haven't seen one in years)
8. Campo Verdes

8 Things that Happened Today:
1. ordered pizza
2. bummed around with Jenni and Tim
3. yelled at my students (not out of anger....but just trying to talk over them)
4. held my son and watched Sponge Bob
5. watched the Stars game (sort was on atleast)
6. watched the original Rudolph movie with my students
7. passed out greeting cards at work
8. blogged...twice

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Friday
2. moving/Jeff graduating
3. Christmas
4. having more kids
5. going back to school....maybe?
6. starting a small group again in January
7. New Years Lock-in
8. sleeping

8 Things I'm Scared Of:
1. car wrecks
2. rats
3. not having friends/losing friends
4. not knowing where we will live
5. depression
6. failing at a task/ministry God has given me
7. lack of finances
8. loved ones dieing

8 Things I Wish For:
1. a successful ministry (aka our youth to ask Jesus into their hearts)
2. my son to become a man of God whose identity stand on that alone.
3. a home in the future
4. more kids
5. more sleep (haha...i don't think 4 and 5 go together!)
6. that depression continues to stay away (so far so good...its been a while)
7. to know the Lord more deeply (which means more discipline on my part)
8. to continue to grow closer with my wonderful husband. he is so good to me.

8 Things I Watch on TV:
1. House Hunters
2. Family Feud
3. Jon and Kate Plus 8
4. Extreme Make-over: Home Edition
5. News
6. How its Made
7. Myth Busters
8. Simpsons

8 People I TAG:
1. Nena
2. Sharla
3. Maile
4. Melissa
5. Jenni
6. Joyia
7. Amanda
8. Kate

Simple Woman's Daybook

Simple Woman's Daybook....

FOR TODAY Tuesday December 16

Outside my is very very very cold. i hate cold. i'm ready for spring! I love to open the front door and open the windows

I am thinking...that I am sad that my boy is leaving me on Thursday. Colin and daddy are taking a little trip to meet granny half way. Then he is going to spend the weekend with granny and pops. them mommom and pepaw are going to bring him back on Sunday. I'm glad he gets to spend time with grandparents, but i'm going to miss him SO bad. But it will be nice to spend some time with my hubs too. we are going to see fireproof and finish some christmas shopping.

I am thankful for... the upcoming break. i am tired and ready to just spend some time with my family.

From the learning rooms...I had a student cut a hole in his uniform shirt today the size of a baking potato. When I asked him why he did that he said, "The shirt came like that." That cracked me up. But now I feel like a bad teacher that I wasn't "monitoring" enough to catch him doing it.

From the kitchen...i've actually been doing a better job about cooking and not going out to eat. we have had frito pie, burritos, and spaghetti recently. but tonight we are splurging and ordering pizza. i have to reward myself.

I am wearing... jeans and my marshall mavericks hoodie.

I am students made picture frames today as a christmas present for their parents. they turned out cute. tomorrow we will wrap them! (that should be interesting....5 year olds....wrapping.)

I am hang out with Jenni and Tim tonight. i love them. jeff loves them. colin loves them. they love us. it works out great.

I am reading...5 Love Languages of Children

I am hoping...i know its early and i don't have to know yet, but i'm anxious about what we are going to do when jeff graduates. he isn't done until May of '10. if we are to stick around to keep doing youth ministry there isn't alot of real estate to pick from and renting just isn't an option around here. i don't want to buy a house just to live there for a year or 2. if we don't stay i want to move back towards the metroplex. But I also don't want to get my mind set on that if that isn't what God wants. I'm really open to whatever God wants for us....i just want to know.

I am hearing...Sponge Bob. And colin banging together his play kitchen toys together in his room.

Around the house...I cleaned up Colin's room and rearranged just a little bit. It looks alot better in there. It's hard to arrange in there since it is his room/guest bedroom. we have his crib, a dresser, a shelf of toys, bunk beds, and a night stand to fit in there. And he has so many windows that it makes it hard to have a "focal point" in the room. but it certainly looks better than it did.

One of my favorite things...what i'm doing right now. relaxing. i'm sitting on the couch with a blanket and the laptop (obviously). jeff is next to me watching sponge bob. colin is on the floor still banging the toys together and watching sponge bob. we are all here in the same room just enjoying each other's company.

A few plans for the rest of the week: work, church, work, staff christmas party, work and school christmas party, early dismissal, date with hubs, shopping, church, christmas caroling, etc.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...just wanted to share his cheese smile. :)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Got tagged.....

Taylor tagged me! Rules are, you must list 5 addictions and pass it to 5 people!

Addiction -- an abnormally strong craving

1. Cleaning and organizing. I could do it all day. If I weren't a teacher, I would be a maid or one of those professional organizers. I could be on that Clean Sweep show!

2. My husband and son. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my boys. They are so much fun! And they are just alike. Colin is Jeff reincarnated physically and personality wise. I get really cranky if I don't get to spend time with them. I love taking care of them and love that they love me.

3. Chilis. Its always been my favorite. We NEVER go without getting the chips and hot sauce. When we were preparing to move here, I was really bummed that they didn't have a Chilis here (well they do in Longview, but thats like 30 miles). But then they built one and I knew it was a sign from God that we were doing the right thing. :)

4. I couldn't think of anything, so when I asked Jeff he said I am addicted to "Checking my thangs." Thangs=things. Jeff makes fun of me that the East Tx accent rubs off more and more every day. Anyway, checking my thangs means I get on the internet and check things (or thangs) like email, facebook, and blogger. I check like literally every 30 minutes to an hour. However, this is the first time I've been on today and it is 8:00. I've been busy cleaning and organizing (imagine that!)

5. Word games. I love scrabble, boggle, scategories, scramble (on facebook). LOVE IT! We played Scrabble with Tim and Jenni. Tim's no fun to play with because he questions words that he even looked up himself in the dictionary. He's just jealous. So Tim....La and Lo ARE valid words! "You know that's right!" (in a high pitch raspy voice)

I tag....
Mom (Nena)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

a little late

Simple Woman's Daybook....a day late this time

FOR TODAY Tuesday December 2

Outside my weather that I cannot stand. I absolutely hate being cold. This is the time of year that me and Jeff fight the most....and its over the heater. No matter how much I crank it up, I am still going to be cold. And Jeff would be perfectly content with the heater off all together.

I am thinking...that I am convicted about the fact that I like praise. Words of affirmation are my love language...but there is a fine line that I tend to cross alot between feeling encouraged and loved by words and stealing praise that belongs to God. Praise for myself is also my sole motivation in doing things sometimes....and thats not good either.

I am thankful for...the word of God. that he gives us something to tangibly touch and see. that it is "living and active and ....penetrates the soul."

From the learning rooms...I am having a come to Jesus meeting (not literally) with my boy students this week...about a few things such as play fighting, inappropriate language and peeing on the floor in my bathroom. I love boys.

From the nothing to say here. I wish i was convicted about the fact that I am not good at providing for my family in that area....but I'm honestly not. I'm tired and figure we can eat sandwiches or oven pizzas just fine.....not good. Now I am embarrassed that I just said that I didn't care.

I am wearing... a fleece vest thingy and jeans

I am creating...(attempting)a peaceful attitude towards people who are not peaceful...I've already failed some. Very hard.

I am try to go to bed early tonight. I always say that and I never do.

I am reading...The 5 Love Languages for Children. We had a discussion about it at work today and I forgot that I even had the book and haven't read it yet.

I am hoping...

I am hearing...Colin say, "Baf?, Baf?, Baf?, Baf?" a million times cause the wants to take a "Bath."

Around the is a mess. Yesterday I was on my way home and Jeff called and said that in like 30 minutes that people were coming over to work on a group project. Well there was laundry and stuff ALLLLL over the place. So I pretty much did the "fake cleaning." I grabbed it all and chunked it on our bed and shut the door. Well then I went to a concert last night and didn't get home til 1130. So I was so tired that I just threw all the stuff that was on our bed on the floor. Now it is everywhere cause Colin has decided to get each item of clothing and spread it all over the house. That's what he has been doing for the past 10 minutes while I am typing this blog. I could get up and make him stop. But I am enjoying my own world right now.

One of my favorite things...when Colin lays his hold on my shoulder and when he says "Oh man!"

A few plans for the rest of the week: work, church, work, work, work, christmas party for youth

Here is picture thought I am sharing...this is who my son's new hero is. He can't get enough of him. Good thing its on TV ALL the time.

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