Finally Back!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Man, it seems so long ago that I actually had a chance to sit down and post a blog. Although it was just one month ago, so much happens in the Lester life. As some of you may know, we took a trip to San Antonio with our friends the Ruiz' and their kids. After two days at Sea World, a trip thru the Alamo and several walks down the River Walk, we had to come home. Dumb jobs!! We love San Antonio and Sea World and seems we always go back about every two years. Kurt and Jeremy had a lot of fun waking up early and finding the best Mexican diner to have breakfast in while Missy and I enjoyed sleeping in and waiting for them to come back with the destination. The boys and Darby had a lot of fun running between the "adjoining" rooms and swimming in the hotel pool, even when it was sprinkling. For breakfast one day, we took the trolley to the Market Center and ate at Mi Tiera. Kurt (I mean, we) love Mexican food and Kurt even got he nerve to eat authentic Menudo. Jeremy grew up on it and told him this was "the place" to eat Menudo, so Jeremy gobbled up a huge bowl and Kurt managed to eat about a half a bowl then a GI-Normous plate of enchiladas, and everything else you can imagine. (I bet my dad's mouth is watering as he reads this.) Anyway, we had lots of fun and the best laugh for Missy and I was when we took Jake and Alek thru the "Scare Zone" at Sea World unbeknownst to them. When all the people were dressed up as zombies, ghosts, vampires, and bloody wolves, Jake took off running like a track star in the Olympics about to win the GOLD. The look on his face was priceless and I couldn't stop laughing for about 10 minutes. He truly does NOT like scary costumes or anything that looks nasty and gross. Well enjoy the pics, while I help Darby make a bat cave...................

Unexpected Gift--The best kind!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday I had a "blessing from above!" Yes, that means from God. Here's the story. Someone had backed into the minivan months ago, just enough to hit the bumper off on the right side but not enough to let the whole thing fall off. Not even a dent, just hanging off.

So anyway, I've been driving around like that for quite awhile and if you know me, I didn't think I looked very good like that!!! Any-who.....we finally got the estimate of $850.00 and with our deductible we got a check for $650.00. O.k, that's not the blessing part.

Well, I told Kurt I'd try to get a second opinion from a body shop from someone around where I work (the less expensive part of town.) On my drive home, I stopped at ACME Body Shop (you know the one that produces the firecrackers and bombs for The Roadrunner and Coyote.) Anyway, walked in, asked for a estimate, gave the man my keys, he took it to the back (where they fix and estimate.) Sat down in the waiting room, called a friend on the phone while waiting. Waited for longer than I would have expected for an estimate and then the man came back in about 30 min. later.

Now listen closely, here is the blessing part. HE HANDED ME MY KEYS AND SAID THEY WERE DONE. I stood up expecting a piece of paper of the estimate. BUT HE MEANT "DONE!" THEY FIXED IT WITH.....CATCH THIS.......NO CHARGE!! YES, I SAID "NO CHARGE!!" He said it just needed a few clips put back on underneath to hold the bumper back on. I was amazed!! I said, "Are you sure, will I need any extra body work, done?" "No, it's on as good as it gets, just keep us in mind when you have a big wreck." I shook his hand, thank him over and over and got in my car and drove off dumb-founded. Then I got my senses back, Called Kurt and told him "he had the best wife, ever!" and told him the story.

It is 2008, and I got my car fixed for free with what should have been $850.00. I think the insurance adjuster and the "other" body shop, might have been jipping me somewhere, ya think? Anyway, once again, Texas really is better than any other state!! And if you need real body work, take your car to ACME BODY SHOP, 3RD AND ONG, AMARILLO, TEXAS. THEY'LL TREAT YA RIGHT!!

Our Life

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Come watch Texas Tech With Us

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Last week we all (except Aunt Kim) went to the Texas Tech game VS. Southern Methodist University. Needless to say, the Red Raiders, spanked them 43-7. We had lots of fun and even ran into our friends the Blankenships. It was a good thing our seats were on the very top row because Kyler and Jake ran every around us off with their rowdy-ness and screaming "SM-Poo!!" and "S-PeeYOU!!" We all had great fun and Kurt finally has someone to scream at football games with. Darby on the other hand, loved watching the cheerleaders, dance squad and the band. We plan on doing this more often!!

Kids really do say the DARN-DEST thing!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Well I started back to school last week and had a GREAT first week, PRAISE THE LORD, HALLELUJAH!! Last year was "tough" to say the least!! Anyway, on the first day of school all the little kindergartens filed in one by one, with their moms, dads, aunts, uncle, grandmoms & granddads following behind and getting all of their supplies out. They were so proud to have such beautiful supplies. One little boy came in without any supplies but was very eager to help out. While another teacher was going to the office to get him his own supplies I asked him if he could use his muscles to help me open the markers. Of course he was happy to. After a few packages were opened, he stopped and looked at me and said, "After this one, you owe me 10 bucks!" Needless to say, he is not shy and is very helpful to me!!

Another anecdote from the first week. To those that don't know, I teach at a low-income school. After hearing two or three of the boys singing: "Shout, Shout, Shout to the Devil" (by Motley Crue) I stopped them and said "there is no singing about the Devil in my class!" Soon after I heard, "Shout, Shout, Shout to God!! (Yeah!!!!)

Kindergarten really is a fun way to make a living..................

Most Important Thing....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I have just left a friends blog. I have just left a blog that makes me sad and happy at the same time. My friend and co-worker, Kerri, lost her husband about a month ago and is left with four children to raise on her own. She is 32. I am sad for her for obvious reasons, but I am happy for her that she got to be married to her "soul mate." So this leads me to what is "most important?" Well, of course for me is my salvation, my husband, my children and my extended family!! How often do we act like these are the things that are most important? Not enough, I imagine. Well here's my dare: If you're reading this, try to "act on" what you feel is most important daily. Our jobs aren't (but we act like it....) our hobbies aren't (but we act like it........) our addictions aren't (but we act like it.....) our petty things aren't (but we act like it.....) Read Kerri's blog and remember what is most important to you....and then ACT LIKE IT!!

This is America, you can say whatever you want!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

This afternoon as I was tending to my writers cramp from filling our school registration forms, I heard one of the sweetest things I have heard in a while. Another mother was busily doing the same as I and tending to her toddler (without much luck) and I overheard her 1st grade son ask:
"Mommy why can't I talk about Jesus here?" Before his mother could answer, I did the "awwwwwww, you're so sweet, of course you can talk about Jesus, you talk about Jesus all you want." He seemed o.k. with my answer even though I was a stranger and went on playing with his paper. His mother looked at me and we started the conversation about private Christian pre-school and what-not. I then explained to her that I was a teacher in the Texas Public School system and gave her my secret to witnessing (without witnessing) to the children. Every morning during the mandated "minute of silence," I tell the children this is a time for them to be still, quiet and be thinking. I say: "Now, I'm going to pray, because I pray to Jesus and this is what I do, you can do what you want, but I'm going to pray." Within a few months, I've got kindergartens all bowing their heads, folding their hands and praying. HeeHee I've instilled some faith in them and I didn't FORCE it! The mother was rather pleased. Hey I can't help it if little kids love to copy their teachers...........I didn't make 'em that way, God did!!

It's starting again

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Well tomorrow is School registration for both my children's school and the school I teach at. Of course, I've been hit up to work registration, of course, I said no! Anyway, just the idea that I only have 7 days of summer left gives me a stomach ache but secretly, I think I'll be ready to get back to the classroom. Ssshh, don't tell anyone! Anyway, I have been destined to have a good smooth year because my last two years I've had "difficult" children (and that's putting it lightly.) So, by default, it's my year to have all the kids who can write their names (first and last), know all their ABC's and their multiple sounds, can count to at least 50, has already been working with their parents on reading and can TIE THEIR SHOES!!!!! Yeah right, keep dreaming, huh? Oh well, I'll be happy with the fact that they can recognize their name. Oh well, they'll be able to all that in 9 short months, right? :) Well, good luck all at your registration and happy school year!

Puppies are 2 1/2 weeks old

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Well the puppies are 2 1/2 weeks old and getting stronger, fatter, bigger, louder and more mobile. They are so fun to watch. Polly is less impressed with them as they mob attack her for her boobies. But she endures and feeds them anyway, she is a good mommy. Anyway, they are starting to walk on all fours, however, they do more falling than anything else. Kurt is going to build them a bigger pen so they can move around more and learn to use the bathroom in one spot, instead of everywhere! Enjoy.........

Camper Jake

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Well yesterday, Jake went off to Church camp. He got to go with his best friend Alek Ruiz. Our church goes to El Porvenir Christian Camp in New Mexico. Last year was his first year to go, so he was very ready when camp week came this time around. I guess that's a good sign that camp was a positive experience or I guess it could mean he was ready to be away from us. I choose to believe camp is awesome. :) Anyway, I'm not very sad mainly because Church Camp holds a fond place in my heart. I went several years in a row with my church when I was younger and I only have good memories. (Is that where I had my first kiss? hmmm...) Lots of good praise and worship, swimming, late night visits when we were supposed to be sleeping, s'mores on a campfire and lots of mosquito bites. O.k. that last one is not a fond memory, but you get my drift. Anyway, he won't be home until Friday, so I'm sure I'll be counting down the days. Enjoy the pics...............


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Now normally I wouldn't write about hickeys but in this case, I think you'll understand. Yesterday, I was holding one of the puppies up close to my neck. It was so sweet, sniffin' around and licking my collar bone. Before I knew it, it started to hurt a little and I couldn't get him off. I had to have my husband get him off because he was trying to nurse and was sucking so hard. Needless to say, I am the proud owner of a hickey on my chest (and it's not from my husband!) Typical Males!!

Having Babies

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Well, although, I have 2 beautiful kids of my own, I am now the proud owner of 6 new Boxer puppies. Our dog Polly had babies 2 weeks ago and they are starting to open their eyes. They are so stinkin' cute. Of course, our human kids thought the whole birth process was pretty nasty and I have to admit, it was. But MIRACULOUS at the same time. Anyone that believes in the Big Bang Theory needs to watch the birth of puppies and the mother instinctively know what to do. Only God can create that!! Anyway, they are still learning and sometimes get each other privates confused for a mothers teat, but we love 'em anyway. It's gonna be hard to see them go......