Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our 2nd Move!

      In March, we found out we would be moving to Tulsa, OK in June for Taylor's work. It was very bittersweet. After school ended in May, we drove to Tulsa to look for a house to rent. We found a house which was our first blessing. Our moving date was June 16th. My mom came out the first of that week and helped us pack and move! The Roberts drove up to Alamogordo to help us pack the Uhaul. That was our 2nd blessing! Once we got to Tulsa my dad was there and had some movers to help unload the Uhaul. That was our 3rd blessing! My parents spent the weekend (Father's Day) with us helping unpack a ton of boxes. We had a blast showing them around Tulsa. On Monday they drove back to Bham. The next day Teal and I drove back for two weeks while Taylor traveled to El Paso for 2 weeks.

The Roberts helped us pack up! 

                                                    Standing in our empty home :(
About to pull out of the driveway for the last time! 

We had a Uhaul with a trailer on the back, a truck with a trailer on the back, and my SUV! 

Our new home! 

Happy Father's Day! 

 I loved the time spent at home. My family and I went down to Panama City the first weekend I was home and we took Teal on the boat for the first time. She LOVED the beach. It was then that she became a water dog! While in Birmingham I was able to be there to celebrate Mom and Dad's birthdays. I also was able to see a lot of my friends and spend time just relaxing. I didn't have to worry about unpacking ONE box! HA
Teal's first trip on the boat! 

Celebrating Dad's Bday! 

Celebrating Mom's Bday! 

  Although we are loving Tulsa, Alamogordo will ALWAYS hold a special place in both of our hearts! It was where we began our life together and we will never forget that place!

It's almost been a YEAR!

Wow! So it has almost been a year since I have posted on our blog. With my first year of teaching last year I was just too busy to blog so I apologize for not keeping yall informed. I am going to try to stay on top of it this next year! The Lord has continued to bless Taylor and I this past year. I had a great 1st year of teaching in Alamogordo. I loved my job and my kiddos. What a blessing they were and continue to be in my life. We had a wonderful 1st Thanksgiving with my parents and a great 1st Christmas with Taylor's family. We were there to experience the birth of sweet Charlotte Anne (we weren't there for the actual birth, but was able to see her a few days later) in December. We we able to see our nephew, Row, for the first time over Christmas. We had some friends come out and go skiing with us for New Years which was an adventure in itself. We experienced a snow/ ice storm for the first time. We celebrated our 1st anniversary in the mountains, as well as, Teal's 1st birthday in February. Taylor killed his 1st turkey last spring and we were able to explored Colorado with the Roberts in May. Looking back we couldn't have had a better year and 1/2 in Alamogordo, NM. The time spent there was precious. There are defiantly days we miss it. Here are some pictures that highlight the past year...

My Sweet Class on the 1st Week of School

Celebrating my 24th Birthday

My Parents came out to visit over Thanksgiving

Our 1st Christmas Card

Cutting down our 1st Christmas tree in Cloudcroft, NM

My Sweet Dad! 

Sweet Charlotte Anne Roberts

Home for the Holidays

Our nephew Row

Taylor's Family over Christmas

New Years in Ruidoso, NM

The girls! 

The Whole Group Skiing
Snow Storm in Alamogordo, February 1st 

Our 1st Anniversary 

Spent the weekend in Ruidoso, NM

My Kids on St. Patrick's Day

Our Field Trip to the IMAX theater

One of many turkey trips in the mtns with the Roberts

T's first Turkey! 

DR and T

Memorial Day Weekend in Colorado with the Roberts

Sweet Friends! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Looking over Alamogordo

On Thursday, T, Teal, and I went exploring after school. We ended up climbing up the mountain to a look out point that looks out over all of Alamogordo. It was incredible how much you could see from the top. We are hoping to take my parents up there when they come to visit in November. Here are some pictures of us riding this weekend.

Friday Afternoon

                                        Saturday's ride to see the aspens that are changing!

Our New Toy!

First afternoon on the fourwheeler!
Well.. we bit the bullet and bought a fourwheeler. For weeks, Taylor went back and forth about getting one. We couldn't resist with the moutians being so close to us. We have been able to see so much more than we would have ever been able to see without it. We have been up every weekend since we got it and have already put 131 miles on it. Taylor built a little platform on the back so that Teal can sit behind us when we ride. She is a champ at riding too.
With the platform T built!

Riding like a champ!

Uncle T and Aunt Toots!

On September 16, 2010 T and I became and aunt and uncle. Rowland Edward Thorn was brought into this world. Taylor got a call early Thursday morning from his mom that Lesley went into labor early Thursday morning. All day we waited and waited. Around 2:30 Rowland was born. He weighed 7lbs and was 20.5 inches long. We are so excited for Mitch and Lesley and cannot wait to meet him ourselves.
Such a CUTIE!!

Labor Day Weekend

On Labor Day Weekend, Mrs. Susanne and Braxton came out to visit. We had a blast. On Saturday morning, we headed out to White Sands. We took turns sledding down the dunes and pulling Braxton behind the truck on the sled. He had more fun sledding behind the truck than he did sledding down the dunes! Ha After heading to White Sands, we showed them my school and classroom. Braxton wanted to stay and help teach the class with me. On Sunday, we headed up to Cloudcroft. We hiked a little on the Rim trail and then headed back into town for a good Southern Barbecue lunch. Later that afternoon, we took them to Bluff Springs where Braxton and I got in the creek with Teal. We enjoyed spending time with them and showing them around our town. We cooked out Sunday night and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. We were sad to see them leave on Monday.
What a munchkin!


Well three months later... and I am just now getting around to updating everyone on what has been going on in our lives over here in the lovely state of New Mexico. A lot has happened. I mean A LOT. From July till now I have started teaching, Jordan and Jake are married, Mrs. Susanne and Braxton have visited, T and I have become an aunt and uncle, we have purchased a fourwheeler, Taylor has turned 25, and our pup is now 7 months old.
      After returning back from the beach Fourth of July weekend, I started working hard on my classroom. Mom came in July and helped me for a few days. We worked for 3 days straight organizing papers, hanging posters, arranging desks, etc. We were pooped by the end of it all.
A week later I headed back South for Jordan's bachelorette weekend. It was such a great weekend. Nothing can beat a weekend with the girls. We layed out in the 104 degree, caught up on life, ate out, and celebrated Jordan all weekend. We were determined to get some good tans for the wedding. We went to dinner both nights. Red Bar was our first night out and Baytowne was our last night out!
I was able to see my Grandparents as well that weekend. It was so great to see them considering I hadn't seen them since February.

Eating in Baytowne!
All of us except Jenty!
The Bachelorette!!

Two weeks after Jordan's Bachelorette, I headed back to Alabama for Jordan and Jake's wedding. I don't think I have ever done so much flying in one month! It was such a fun time with great friends. The wedding festivies began Friday mid morning with the Bridesmaid luncheon, getting our nails done, rehearsal at the Sonnet House, and rehearsal dinner as well. It was such a fun time to celebrate Jordan and Jake. Saturday we all met at the Sonnet House around 2:30 to get ready and take pictures. It ended up raining that afternoon but cleared up JUST in time for the ceremony. Everything went well without a hitch. Well, except for all the girls getting on the bed in the bride's room and breaking the bed! whoops!

On August 16, 2010, I met all 24 of my 3rd graders for the first time.I was a nervous wreck. It is a weird feeling when you close that door after the bell as rang and it is just you and 24 children looking back at you. The first day went very well. In fact, the first week went surprisenly well. Don't get my wrong, there has definitely been days that I have been tested, but that is just part of it. I have defiantly shed tears, but the smiles have outshown the tears. It is such a blessing and joy to teach these 24 children. I wish all of you could meet them. We have a lot to learn and to look forward too this year.
Pictures to come of classroom...

~Taylor and I celebrated our 6 months on August 20, 2010~