Saturday, February 27, 2010


Wyatt-57, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
Wyatt is our county's Math Coach's 9 month old son - and what a cutie he is! He was so cooperative and expressive :-)

Bonus Photos:




Friday, February 26, 2010

My own personal flower shop

My own personal flower shop, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.

There isn't enough room on my desk for all of them LOL. Flowers and balloons on the left from my sweet husband, in the middle from my mommy and daddy and on the right are the over 2 week old flowers from the school from the day they announced the four TOTY finalists - and they're still pretty!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Surprised and honored

Surprised and honored, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.

At today's faculty meeting, our school Teacher of the Year (for next year) was announced - and I was shocked to hear that it is ME! What an honor!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Message from the principal

Message from the principal, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.

What a wonderful surprise this morning to walk in my classroom and fine this note from my principal on my board!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

a walk in the park

swampy, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
It's hard to believe there was so much snow last weekend, this weekend was just beautiful! We went for a walk in the park today and then rode my new bike around the neighborhood for a while - and It was worth all of the wheezing and sneezing that followed :-)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

meet Gwen

meet Gwen, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
For my birthday, I wanted a red bicycle. Since about a month before my birthday we have been looking for a red woman's bike that isn't uber-expensive. Today, exactly 6 months after my birthday LOL, I got my present! Because I name *everything*, I named her Gwyn (the Schwinn). Here she is on Prissy (the Prius)'s back for the ride to her new home.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Trent and Amberly

Trent and Amberly, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
Amberly is a fourth grader who comes to our class during her recess time to work with my students. (Yes, she voluntarily gives up her recess to come to my classroom!) She is AWESOME and the kids love her. Here she is working with Trent today after lunch

Monday, February 15, 2010


bye!, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
My father-in-law is in the Cardiac ICU - he has multiple blockages in one of his arteries, they cannot place a stent, so they are waiting for the blood thinners that they gave him in preparation for the cath/angioplasty to clear his system so they can do bypass surgery.

Update 2/20/10: he is now at home and doing well

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day

Valentines Day, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
I got flowers, a kissing Elmo, movie, candy, donut holes and a fuzzy soft frog!! Today is the anniversary of the day (night) that Chris asked me to marry him, seven years ago. I was very sick and in bed with a 103 degree fever, he was coming home from Virginia. He got to my house from the airport around 11:30pm, woke me up and made me get out of bed. He knelt down and I was sleepy and delirious so I sat down on the ground with him LOL. My dog licked him in the fact in the middle of his proposal. First, I told him "you weren't supposed to do this yet" but then I said "Of course" and went back to bed.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fun in the snow!

moresnow-7, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
Poor Faith - she is obsessed with fetch, so I thought I'd throw a snowball for her ... but when it landed, it broke into pieces and blended into the snow - and she was SO confused! She kept looking and looking for the ball ...

Bonus pictures:
moresnow-10 moresnow-6


Friday, February 12, 2010

More snow!!

snow-4, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
It's rare for us to get any snow, much less two pretty good snows in one winter! Today we got a LOT (relatively, of course - it wouldn't be much in Wisconsin) of snow. Chris and I, the puppies and the nighbors had lots of fun playing in it. Too bad we were already out of school today (furlough day - boo) - a snow day isn't the same when you're already expecting to be off work LOL.

Bonus pictures: 

snow-13 snow-15
snow-23 snow-18

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TOTY flowers

TOTY flowers, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
I found out this afternoon that I am one of the four finalists for our school's teacher of the year! I took this with my cell phone because I didn't have my camera and I was hurrying out the door to get to class.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Betty!

Happy Birthday Betty!, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
I took this picture Saturday but am uploading it as today's picture.  This is my beautiful and awesome mother-in-law who turned 60 yesterday. I love her! How lucky am I to have the best mother in the world AND the best mother-in-law?!?!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Baby Asher

Asher-39, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
Oh. My. Goodness. Our school media specialist's wife just had the sweetest, most precious baby boy 2 weeks ago and I had the great fortune to get to take his pictures this weekend. He is so tiny (6 pounds 7 ounces) and absolutely adorable.

Bonus pictures (lots cuz he's so stinkin' cute):
Asher-3 Asher-2 Asher-36 Asher-24 Asher-26 Asher-20 Asher-6

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Harrison, Ally and Mason

Conley-12, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
I had such a fun photo shoot with these three cuties - they were a TRIP! Ally is 12, Harrison is 5 and Mason is 2.
Bonus pictures:





Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Cassie!

Happy Birthday Cassie!, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
Cassie turns ten tomorrow!! Happy Birthday!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Jordan, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.
Jordan is a 1st grader at my school and I tutor him in the afternoons. He is such a sweet and funny kid :-)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

no picture

I forgot to take a picture again today ...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


This week in my class we are learning about magnets. Here one of my students is trying to put the north poles of two magnets together but they won't go! They repel each other!
(I forgot to take a picture specifically for the challenge again, so one of my pictures for the class blog has to suffice)

Monday, February 1, 2010


Walls, originally uploaded by MNicoleM.

Here's my photo studio - with walls! My daddy is awesome :-)

(the little round coffee table doesn't go there, it's sitting there to be out of the way while daddy does the "waiting room")