Saturday, October 29, 2011

Romeo and Juliet anyone??

So here's what we periodically see in the backyard when the neighbor's dog is out...

They bring a whole new meaning to unfulfilled love between two individuals who will forever be separated. (We don't get to play with this neighbor's dog... now the two white boxers next door, that's another story. Zeus comes over sometimes for a little romp around the backyard.) I just think it's funny, they get so excited when they see each other and Jacey will race around the yard out of pure excitement. There have been times I've looked out the door and half of her body is under the fence... it's pretty silly but as usual, makes me laugh.

In other news, I did this rocketology lab with my pre ap classes at school that was in one word ... awesome. We were studying chemical reactions, and they had to investigate the best ratio of baking soda and vinegar that would propel their "film canister rocket" the highest. It was so awesome, I had one group of girls get the perfect ratio. Their film canister rocket went over our school building, which was easily 6 to 7 meters off the ground. They were so proud, and it was so good that I had them come back in my other pre ap class to demonstrate for everyone. I can't post pictures of the kids, but I do have one picture of the canister launching into the air. I wish I could post the video of the class, because they went crazy and all of the boys were trying to catch it. It was just plain awesome.

I posted a couple of their poster conclusions of their investigation. Some of the groups really did a good job with presenting their findings. I have really enjoyed having pre ap classes this year, they have been a totally different type of teaching, and have really challenged me as well, which I always enjoy. :0)

Anyway, just a couple of random thoughts. Hope you have a nice weekend! :0)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ok so cool....

Yep, we had inservice today... suddenly science teachers turn into crazy alien people for a few hours.

 Who knew baking soda, calcium chloride and phenyl red could be so fun???

In other news today, I updated my macbook to the LION!!!! And I love it!!! Everything syncs and is just wonderful. I take a picture, and a few seconds later it's in the album on my macbook. It's just cool, that's all I can really say. Thank you to all you special people who convinced me to go Apple. I'm never going back!!

And the final story tonight... I sliced my finger open on a bean can. Yep, trying to make some chalupas for myself and I had to cut my silly finger. Yes it bled profusely, and no I didn't go to the ER... I'm calling my doctor tomorrow to see if I need a tetnis shot or something. You should see me trying to type, it's funny because I can't use my right index finger. You never know how special and important that little guy is until he's wrapped up in a bandage and can't move. Poor little finger... hope he heals soon!!!

Well, I'll see you later, I'm going to take that labradoodle on a walk. :0) Y'all have a good night!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Super Saturday!!! :0)

So I have to say, I had a superb Saturday this weekend. It started out with our monthly prayer breakfast that we recently started here. It is so nice!! A group of women get together for breakfast, and then everyone makes a prayer request on cards. Each person get a card and then we do a circle prayer type thing and each person prays about what is on the card they got. It's amazing, we have seen prayers answered since our last month and it's such a cool way to get to know each other better.

After the breakfast, I picked up my Scentsy order from Trisha from the basket party I did. Here are a couple of my new Scentsys. I also got a little snowman one too for the winter, but he's going to stay in the box until later. :0)

Upstairs in the "game room" area.

In the guest bedroom!

In our bathroom!
So I think it's safe to say that we have enough of this now. It's nice getting a ton of free stuff though for doing the little parties. :0) I love the quality of the wax and it smells so good!!

I then decided to go to the yoga class at 24 hour fitness. Norma is the instructor and she is hard!! One hour of her stretches and standing poses will do you in. I was shaking for a couple of hours afterwards, but it is such a good feeling. Yoga is so good for your body, it stretches your muscles, releasing the lactic acid that builds up during the day. It also stretches the other soft tissues of you body like your tendons and ligaments. Yoga also improves your posture and strengthen your muscles in your legs and core, and it helps with overall flexibility and balance. Those are just basic benefits. That doesn't even count the internal benefits you receive form various poses such as improved lung capacity, focus and concentration, mood benefits, improved energy levels (I should be doing this EVERY day!! haha...) and there have even been studies on how yoga improves your ability to learn and retain imformation. It's amazing, the more I research the benefits, the more I am impressed. I highly recommend it. Just give it a try and have an open mind. It can be difficult at first, especially if you aren't very flexible, but with time your body will release and you will see the benefits. Ok, I'm stepping off my yoga soap box now. *Step, step...*

After yoga, I went home and these were sitting on our counter. :0) I just love my hubby!

I showered, ate lunch and then went over to my bestie's house!! Bridget (her blog is the Someday Dreams one...) and I had a date planned for the afternoon. We did some shopping and then went to see the Help. We had both read the book and wanted to see it before it left theaters. Awesome story, but I could have done without the language. I cried about 4 times just from the sad things that went on, but it seems like I do that more as I get older. It's funny, because I used to make fun of my Mom, Aunt and Grandmom for crying about everything... I still have a ways to go though before I get to their point haha!! After dinner, Bridget and I met our hubbies for dinner at Outback. It's always a blast hanging out with them, Jeff and Jacob together are pretty ridiculous. 

A couple of verses to leave you with... Bridget's sister in law brought this one up in our Bible class this morning and it's definitely a keeper. ;0)

"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. " - 2 Chron. 16:9

She brought up this verse to counter the following one.

"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. You adverary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour." - 1 Pet. 5:8

(I actually have a little doodle of a lion by that verse in my Bible!)

I love how these two verses go hand in hand. It's like God is saying, "Even though Satan stalks around looking for a feast, I am also looking for those to rescue from the feast, but they have to want to be rescued!!" Thanks for the thought and I hope you don't mind me sharing it Emily!! ;0)

Hope y'all have a super fabulous week!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pool of Bethseda!!

So I was listening to the Bible on my way home the other night from church and randomly picked this chapter of John. I always liked this story, so I thought I would share it with you. :0)
"Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, "Do you wish to get well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus *said to him, "Get up, pick up your pallet and walk." Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "He who made me well was the one who said to me, 'Pick up your pallet and walk.'" They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Pick up your pallet and walk'?" But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place."
- John 5:2-13
I always loved the vivid imagery of the angel of the Lord coming down at certain seasons to stir up the pool, and then to think that the first person who would get inside would be healed from their infirmities. I can't imagine being ill for 38 years, and then not being able to get the help I needed to be made well. I read what the man said to Jesus, about how he wished to get inside the pool but there was no one to help him in, and then when he was going someone else would step down before him. That breaks my heart to think of that poor man being pushed out of the way, but things like this happen every day, only in different ways. We live in a society of "me first" and "who cares about him, that person wronged me!" After reading this, I feel thankful for that man that Jesus was there to heal him, and thankful that man provided another opportunity for Jesus to do a miracle. It is sad that the Pharisees can only see a way to possibly "catch" Jesus in a wrong act, rather than see the beauty of what He did here.

A couple of things come to my mind from this story. One, I think that is obvious, we should be looking out for each other. Whether we know that person or not, we should be thinking about others first and their needs. Jesus is the ultimate example of this. He knew the ridicule He would receive for healing this man, yet He did it anyway. He cared about this man and desired to help him. We should have that same ambition, to help others in what they need no matter the cost.

The other thing that jumps out at me is that the man was not ashamed of the One who healed him. He did not know who he was, but he gave the credit to "the one who said 'take up your pallet and walk." Do we give credit to Jesus when it is due? This should be a goal we have, for Jesus to be on our minds to the extent that when a something happens, we give credit to Jesus. There is nothing wrong with saying, "Thank you God for ____!" He wants us to remember Him throughout our days. Just yesterday I met with a parent from school, and she was nice and positive (which is rare haha!) and when we finished the conference, the first thing that came to my mind was "thank you God that the meeting went well and that she didn't yell at me!" Some people are skeptical about how much God really influences the things that go on in our lives, but I am of the opinion that we can thank Him for anything and everything. He did make it all, and started it all, didn't He? I hope this is a story that can stay in your mind and be a good reminder of loving other and thanking God. Two simple attributes of our service to Him.

Like the picture I found? hehe, I'm a visual person, I like pictures. I found this link to that has some pictures of Hebrew Bethseda and what they think may be the pools this is referencing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My little pup is one!!

It's hard to believe my my little labradoodle pup pup is already one! I feel like it was just yesterday that we brought her home from Dorothy's ranch in Groveton. She has grown up a lot since then, she's about 50 lbs. heavier and a lot taller, and she potties outside!! ;0) When I first got little Jacey, she was a ball of energy and quite defiant for a 10 lb. little pup, and I had a lot of doubts about what I had gotten into. Even though she was a lot of work in the beginning, it was worth it and I wouldn't trade her for anything. She is my little friend, so sweet and smart, and absolutely hilarious. She makes me laugh every single day and she loves us. I look at her sometimes and think, "God created her, just as she is. The was she looks, the way she bounces around and her funny little personality." God knows all of His creatures, great and small and I like to think that He smiled when He made her. 

I'll have to pull up some of my other pictures of when we first got her, but I do have the one below on my computer. This is after we had her for a little while but you can see she's still small. :0)

Here are a few pictures from her birthday on Saturday. And yes, I made her her shirt. :0) $3 kids t-shirt from Hobby Lobby and iron on letters, so don't be too impressed. haha...

Here is one of the birthday presents she got on Saturday. She was afraid of it first and then decided she liked it. :0)

She got this too, it's a little squeaker duck. Sadly enough it didn't make it through the night, she ripped all of the stuffing out of it within about 5 hours. No more stuff toys...

So yes, one more post about my pooch. Hope the pictures made you giggle. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Science Award and a Pup Cut!

So some of you may know that last year I did a science mentor collaboration with the University of Houston in Clear Lake. Basically, that means that I completed 105 science and pedagogy workshop hours (this may not like much but when you work full time, and work more than just 8 hours a day, this was rough!) The workshops were great though, lots of science information and free instructional books and lab aids. Kacey (my next door neighbor twin at work) also did this with me, and we mentored a UHCL student throughout the year as well. She would come and help out in class, observe etc. Well anyway, last week, we received an award for our hard work and a little gift. (We received $1,000 in May, don't think I did this for free!! haha...) It was really neat though, to get recognized for your hard work and for all of the millions of sacrifices you make daily for our kids. It was nice to hear a simple, "Thank you, you are important, and we appreciate all you do." It's amazing how meaningful a thank you can be. I think that is one thing we can all be better about, telling each other how much we care about each other and that we appreciate our relationships. God has blessed us immensely with relationships, whether they be between friends, family members, your husband/wife or your co-workers. Kacey truly has been my rock at school and I know she is a blessing from God. (My other rock is in Singapore now and I still miss her daily!!) If you haven't told someone you care about lately that you are thankful for them, try it out! They will appreciate it!! Here are some pictures of our award night. :0)

This is the president of UHCL, the president of the Texas Regional Collaborative, the support rep. from Shell and Brenda, who organizes all of the collaborative workshops and teaches at UHCL. (She's also an Aggie!)

Kacey and me with our Principal :0) 

Us with Sally, our Science Coordinator at school

Collaborative Participants

Kacey, me and Brenda

In other news this week in the Campbell household, our little pup got a hair cut!! I tried a new place down in League City, it was a little farther of a drive but she was happy when I picked her up, which was an improvement from when I brought her to PetSmart. Jacey doesn't need to get a haircut often though, which is good. Just occasionally when her little face hair gets long! They gave her a little pink bandana! I just loved it, so cute!!

Little pup got comfy while we were changing the sheets. :0)

A couple of verses to leave you with...

"After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king's son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn't let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. " - 1 Samuel 18:1-3

"But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me." - Ruth 1:16-17

I love Jonathan and David's relationship, that they were knit together. I love reading  about Ruth's devotion to Naomi. Amazing people who were dedicated to one another, and who truly cared about each other and appreciated one another. There are a lot of people in my life that I am so thankful for, and I love thinking about the special role they play. It's amazing how everything fits together in our lives, how God makes everything play out for His good. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and tell someone today that you care about them!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Visualized Survey of the Bible

We are having a Gospel Meeting this week at church! Leon Mauldin is preaching to us a series of lessons accompanied by pictures he has taken in his visits to the Holy lands. It was AWESOME last night! He is beginning in Genesis and taking us through the Bible, highlighting places where significant things happened and he has pictures to go with it! If you are in the area, you should definitely stop by! It is all week, starting at 7 p.m. at Southside Church of Christ in Pasadena, TX.

Monday: From Creation to Mt. Sinai
Tuesday: Wilderness Wanderings - United Kingdom
Wednesday: Divided Kingdom - Intertestamental Period
Thursday: The life of Christ
Friday: From Pentecost to Patmos

SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0)