Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thank You for the Awards!

I have been given the "I'm A Fan of Your Site" award by Kathy at Emptynester and Ann at Life's At Ann's Place! Thank you both so much for this award!
The month of April has been named "Tell "Em You're A Fan Month"! All you have to do is let your favorite bloggers know you're a fan and pass it along!

Here are the Fun Fan rules:

1. Leave a comment or an e-mail for your favorite bloggers telling them that you are a fan of their site.
2. Copy and paste the award on your post so your blogger friends can take it too!
3. When you receive more than one fan, put the number of fans you have received under the image.
4. Have fun and giving and collecting as many fans as you can!! :-) Thank you again Kathy and Ann!

And speaking of my sweet friend Ann, she gave me this beautiful "Inspiration Award" which means so much to me because she is a constant inspiration to me and I know to so many of you! She has a spirit and a love that knows no boundries! Love ya Anniepoo! :-)


My good friends Christine from Christine's Home and Travel Adventures and Athella from OCDesigner gave me the "Honest Scrap Award"! To receive this I must list 10 honest and interesting "scrappy" facts about myself and pass it on to six other bloggers. What a fun way to get to know a little more about each other! :-)

Okay, so here I go!

1. I have taught for almost 23 years now. I've taught grades 1st-4th and have been teaching preschoolers with and without special needs for the last seven years.

2. Once while the passenger in a covered wagon that was going downhill, the wagon flipped over trapping my legs under it! Around 30 minutes later, my dh was rushed to the ER with symtoms of a heart attack because he thought I died!

3. I took cello, piano, and dance when I was a girl but gave each up after two years. I think I'm fickle. :-)
4. In my "other life" I would have been a glamorous Broadway actress and dancer! lol

5. I have a crush on Tommy Lee Jones. And I think I married someone just like him ~ he was even called Tommy when he was young! :-)

6. My great uncle grew up poor and peddled candy to earn money for his family. He later started a candy company and became a multi-millionaire. A songwriter met him and was inspired to write "The Candy Man" after him because of his happy and boisterious personality. The song was made famous by Sammy Davis Jr.

7. I once spent a week in the hospital because of a Recluse spider bite on my ankle.

8. I was born in Wyoming but grew up in Texas.

9. My mother, father, and I all earned our Master's while in our early 40's.

10. I have 5 step-children, 5 nieces and nephews, 3 horses, 1 cat and 3 dogs! :-)

Now I'd like to pass this award on to:

Chari from Happy to Design
Gloria from Happy to Be
And all of my visitors who would like to write some Honest Scrap about themselves! :-)

Hope you're all having a great weekend and thanks so much for visiting!!
Laura

54 comments:

Chari said...

Hello there my friend...

I just seen your new post pop up and rushed right over...so happy to see you Sweetie! Are you enjoying your Easter break? You know...it won't be too much longer and school will be out for the summer...bet you're counting the days down! Hehe!!! Oooh...then we'll have more time to visit back and forth...yeeeehawwww!!!

A big Congratulations on all of your awards...so well deserved, Sweetie!!! Thank you so much for honoring me with the "Honest Scrap" award...you're just the sweetest and best friend!!!

Just loved reading all of your "Honest Scrap" facts! Girl, that's terrible about that wagon rolling over on you...I can only imagine how terrified that Tom must have been...Ohhh my...and then to have Tom rushed to the hospital with a heart attack...what a horrible ordeal!!!

Well Sweetie...sending you and your family my very best wishes and blessings for a Happy Easter!!!
Love ya,
Chari

Chari said...

Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! I hope that you know that I'm one of your biggest fans...of your blog, well shoot, I'm just a fan of you...period!!! So add a number to your fan...count me in, Sweetie!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Melissa Miller said...

Congrats Laura!
All of your awards are so well deserved sweet friend.

What amazing facts about your life. I'm so happy you are okay!
That is a neat story about your uncle. Do we know his candy company by name?

I'm wishing a wonderful and blessed Easter to you and your family.
~Melissa :)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Laura...congrats on all these WELL-DESERVED awards! I never knew that about the wagon accident...good gracious!!! Glad you were ok! That is sooo interesting about your uncle...I think I know that song! What a smart man! Loved reading all these neat things about you! And thanks for passing it along to me. Please forgive me if I don't get a chance to do the list...but I will definitely post it on my Awards link I'm creating today! Love ya, girlfriend! Susan

Melissa Miller said...

Thanks Laura!
I will certainly add your input to my fan award.
I appreciate it and you know I'm a fan of yours as well.

I don't think I have heard of his store. My Mom's from Texas but down in the Rio Grande area.

~Warmly, Melissa :)

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Hey Laura, I came by and picked up my award and put it right back down. I am a big fan of your blog too. I loved getting to learm a few more things about you. I love the candy man song... I love that it is about a family member of yours. Happy Easter!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Loved your post. Happy Easter!

Raggedy Girl said...

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a really Blessed Happy Easter.

from Roberta Anne
The Raggedy Girl

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Hi Laura!
Congrats on your oh so well deserved awards! Add a number for me, because I'm one of your fans too! Loved your answers & getting to know you a little better.

Have a very Happy Easter! ♥ Diane

Bre said...

Wow...you have some very interesting trivia facts about you !! Your teaching experience sounds very similar to mine - except I haven't taught lower than 2nd grade.

......what a scary story about the wagon and your hubby being rushed to the hospital. Just wondering what you were doing in the covered wagon ??

Cheers and have a very happy and joyouus Easter !

Cheers,
Bre

marty39 said...

Thank you so much for letting me add you to my fan collection. As you know I am also a huge fan of your blog, so please add me. Thanks for the nice visit, I always look forward to them. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Happy Easter. Hugs, Marty

Raggedy Girl said...

Tomarie:

Thank you so much for wanting to be a fan.

Roberta Anne

Smilingsal said...

I've always loved "The Candyman." It's nice to know the background.

Thank you for the fan award. I'm appreciative.

I wish you a Blessed Easter as you celebrate our risen Lord.

nikkicrumpet said...

Thanks so much Laura..I appreciate the fan award and the kind things you said. I hope you and your family have a truly lovely Easter day!

Dolores said...

Happy Easter Laura!!!
I loved reading the trivial facts of your life!

I'd forgotten about the brown recluse spider bite..... that was awful!

I'd also forgotten about Uncle Col's "Candy Man" song.....
Thanks for taking me back in time....I'm getting melancholy...

I love your post and congratulation on your awards!
I love you!
Dolores

CIELO said...

Hi Laura... thank you for the "Fan" Award! I'm humbled and honored... and so nice meeting you! I'll let you know when I post about it. thanks again

Hugs

cielo

Jill said...

Hello....
Sorry I haven't been around much we just got back from vacation on Friday night! I hope you had a great Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you for the fan award... !

Jill

Mama said...

Hello Laura, Congratulations on your very deserving awards and I enjoyed learning more about you my friend, I too am so glad you are okay and your poor hubby oh my. Thank you for the sweet fan award, I will add it right now and also return it to you as I am a big fan of yours too, hugs, happy Monday, Kathy.
I am having a cookbook give-away today.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Tomarie, I learned some very interesting things in this post! What an interesting story about your grandfather! How scary that must have been to have the wagon turn over on your legs and then to find out that your husband was rushed to the hospital with a heart attack (some people just have to steal our thunder when we have an accident, right?)! Very interesting post. Congratulations on your awards. You certainly deserve them! Thank you so much for passing the Honest Scrapper on to me. I don't know if people can stand to learn any more about me than I've already "over shared", but you know that won't stop me from over sharing some more! laurie

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Congratulations on your well deserved awards, and thank you for passing a fan award to me!! I came across your blog while blog surfing and I love love love it!!
♥ Teresa

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Stunning, and us being twins...lol thanks

prof en retraite said...

Hi Laura! Congrats on your awards! You are so deserving! And I enjoyed finding out some more interesting things about you! Thank you so much for thinkjing of me! I appreciate it so much!! I just saw the kitty on the table in your header for the first time...very elegant!!! Not much longer for you now...a downhill slide. I remember. Have a great week...hugs...Debbie

Bre said...

....had to pop back to pop back cause I'm still chuckling at the vision of you and your team of mules (not when the wagon turned over) You guys in AR sure know how to have fun !!

In answer to your question - I've taught grade 2,3 or 4 for 20 years.

For the past 8 years I've been doing a 2/3 split. I don't think I could teach lower than grade 2. Most days I like my job but I am finding it getting more and more draining....and not cause I'm getting older LOL ...just find the kids changing.

Have a great week !
Cheers
Bre

Joy said...

Congrats on your awards! I enjoyed reading the trivia facts that you posted about yourself!

Happy To Be said...

Laura, just loved this post and getting to know more about you girl friend..Now I'm a FAN of your also..I already did the Honest scrape one like 4 months ago...thank you and congrats on all your awards..may you have a great week dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

CIELO said...

I was finally able to mentioned you... thanks for the blog award!

cielo

Liz said...

My Goodness! What interesting facts!
It is so fun to learn more about you.
Thanks for the kind words on my blog. I enjoy your blog too!Have a great weekend!

~Liz

xinex said...

Thanks for being a fan of my blog, Laura. Your life is so interesting, love reading about it. Congratulations on all your awards...so well deserved!...Christine

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Laura...just stopping by to say, HI! :-) Love ya,
S

Chari said...

Hey Sweetie...

Just thinking about you so I wanted to stop by and say Hi! I hope that my little note finds you and Tom well! How are things going at school? I bet the kids are starting to get restless...by this time of the year, they're always ready to be out of school! And so are the teachers...hehe!!!

I bet you get in on all of the "end of the year" school programs...I always thought that would be so much fun...working with the kids to do those!!! Well Sweetie...just wanted to come by and say Hi and let you know that I love ya....

Chari

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Just read the sweet note that you left for me in my kitchen! Girl, you're always so sweet with all of the compliments...you just light up my day!!! Just wanted to stop by to say thank you!!!

Love ya honey,
Chari
PS...Girl, you better dust off that keyboard of yours and get ready for some visiting!!! Hehe!!!

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Laurie I just read your 10 honest things...! That was some great info. I Loved it all...especially the fun tidbit of info about your uncle the Candy man....Now I won't be able to get that song out of my head....Who can make a lala...laallaa la la The Candy man can...la la la la la la The Candy man can. I'm so glad you can't hear it!!!

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Just stopping by with a big ol' hug for you...thinking about you!!! Soooo...how many days do you have left till freedom? Hehe!!! What's your last day of school, Girl?

Just wanted to say Hi and let you know I was thinking about you!!!
Love ya honey,
Chari

Joy said...

You should do a post on your famous great-uncle! That's amazing!

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Was just thinking about you...I know that school must be winding to an end. Was thinking that this is your last week? I sure hated to hear that they already have your summer laid out with so many inservices...eeekkks!

Well Darlin'...just stopping in to say Hi and see how you're doing!

Love ya,
Chari

Happy To Be said...

May you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend my dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Angela said...

I've been wondering where you've been? I sure hope all is well!

Hugs,
Angela

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Just now found your sweet note that you left me a couple of days ago! It's sooooo good to hear from you!

I'm so excited for you, Sweetie!!! Yeeehawwww!!! You're out of school...well, almost...like you said, just tying up a few loose ends! I can't wait to get to visit with you more...

Love ya honey!
Chari

Angela said...

Tomarie!

I have an award waiting for you at my blog!

Hugs,
Angela

xinex said...

Hi Laura, Thanks for coming by and for your nice comment. Have a wonderful trip and enjoy the lake!...Christine

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I already knew most of the things on your list !!! So glad that we became friends and thanks for visiting.

Happy To Be said...

YAHOO!!! School out for summer...Oh girl I bet you are so glad to have some time for yourself...what big plans do you have...Hope it involes some R&R for you and your DH...Thanks for coming by and seein me...I was very glad to have your sweet visit...Have a great week my friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Bo said...

Hi Laura...Just coming by to wish you a happy, restful & fun summer! I enjoy hearing from you...thanks for coming by.. ;-) Bo

Mama said...

Hello Laura, thank you for stopping by, hope all is well with you, happy Wednesday, Kathy.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Hi Laura! Thanks for visiting & your sweet comments. Yippee - schools out for you! My dil is a kindergarten teacher. Schools not out yet here. She'll have a little break then summer school starts. She tutors too.

Congratulations on your oh so well deserved awards. It's a pleasure to get to know you.

Hugs!
Diane

Joy said...

Thanks so much for stopping by earlier and for the happy anniversary wishes! :o)

Smilingsal said...

Congratulations on your awards. Did you say "covered wagon"?

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Yea Laura!!! No more school! :-) I can hear that summer song singing "SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!"
I've missed you! 5 solid days of cleaning...whew! Time to play now! :-) Love ya,
Susan

nikkicrumpet said...

Hey...where's a new post? I thought I was slacking only posting once or twice a week hehehe....thanks for coming by!

xinex said...

Hi Laura! Thanks for coming by and for your sweet comment. And yes, I am in the office again, lol! I must spend 80% of my waking hours here. Did you go to the lake? How was it?...Christine

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Just read the sweet note that you left for me...it's soooo nice to hear from you!!! What have you been up to? I know that you're loving every minute of your vacation time!!! Where do you go to the lake at...or I guess I'm asking...where is the lake that you go to? Do ya'll have a place there?

Well my friend, thank you so much for coming by...you really made my day with your gushing compliments...hehe!!!

Love ya Darlin'!
Chari

prof en retraite said...

Hi Laura! I guess school must be out now! Yaaaay!! I remember how wonderful it felt to drive away with two months of freedom ahead! The other night I dreamed that I was driving around and passed your house...in Ga???...and said...Look! There's Tomarie's Cabin! lol lol Have a great summer!!...hugs...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Laura,
It was wonderful to see a sweet comment from you the other day! I'm so glad you are out of school now and you have vacation time. That sounds great! ~Enjoy.

Have a blessed Sunday.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I enjoyed reading your blog this afternoon...Had some time to do some blog hopping...always enjoy finding new blogs!
Hope you will visit me. This month I am posting on our Disney trip.