Monday, February 23, 2009

Mardi Growl 2009

We had a wonderful time at Mardi Growl in downtown Knoxville this past weekend.  We dressed up the dogs and ourselves in green, purple, and yellow attire and headed out to hang out with over 500 other Knoxville dogs!  There was a parade through the Old City of Knoxville, a costume contest, and lots of dog oriented vendors and rescue groups to look through.  We will definitely have to make this a yearly tradition!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Valentine's Day Roses

I received both of these pots of roses from two of my students for Valentine's Day.  It was such a nice change from the candy and chocolate!  So now my job is to keep these plants alive!  I want to keep them inside until the chance of frost is over and then I plan on planting them outside sometime in March.  I've heard you have to fertilize roses every once in a while to keep them healthy, but we'll see how it goes.  They sure are pretty for now!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Seven Islands Wildlife Reserve

I went to a great place today that I can't believe I had never heard of before - the Seven Islands Wildlife Reserve.  It is only about 20-25 minutes from my house in Fountain City and was the perfect place to go walking with our dogs.  It is located on a peninsula stretching out into the French Broad River and has over 360 acres of rolling hills, fields of grain, maintained paths, water access, old farm houses/barns, and lots of room to run!  We were able to connect several trails and ended up walking about 5 miles.  It wasn't until the end of our walk that we came across anybody else on the trails.  There was one group of 5 ladies with about 15 dogs with them, all off leash.  They scrambled to put them on leash when they saw us, but we reassured them that our dogs had been running free the whole time too until we saw them!  We had packed our lunch so we ate on the porch of one of the old houses on the reserve that is now being restored for use as a caretaker's house or visitors center.  All in all it was a wonderful outing with our dogs.  Words can't really do it justice, so take a look at some of the pictures that I took ...

ESK Gala

On Saturday night Brett and I went to the Episcopal School of Knoxville Gala (the school that Brett teaches at).  There was a silent and live auction, along with dinner, drinks, and live music.  This is the 3rd time that we have been, but the first time that we actually bid on something.  We went in with Brett's sister and her boyfriend to bid on a 2 night stay at a cabin in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge!  And amazingly we won for a really good price ... thanks to Brett's smooth bidding skills.  He waited until the last 5 seconds of the auction to write down our bid, so the other guy that was bidding didn't have time to write down a new bid!!  Now we have something fun to do over Spring Break!  

Monday, February 2, 2009

1/2 of a Snow Day

After we all already made it to school this morning the snow started pouring down and by 11:00 we already had almost 2 inches.  So a decision was made to close schools at 12:30 and dismiss all the students.  But by the time we made sure all the students were safely on their way home it was around 2 before I got out of there ... so it was kind of a 1/2 snow day!  Brett and I made the best of it by taking our dogs for a romp in the snow at Sequoyah park.

Coda telling Brett how much he wants the frisbee

Coda, Sierra, and Chloe playing their chasing game!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mardi Growl for Knoxville Dogs!

Any fellow Knoxville dog owners out there should join me on Saturday, February 21st for Mardi Growl!  Its a costume parade through downtown for dogs and their owners.  The parade starts at 11 am in the Old City and ends at Market Square.  Right now pre-registration is available for $8 per dog, with all proceeds benefiting the Williams-Young Animal Center (Knox County animal shelter).  You can print out the registration form online and send it in by February 13 or register online.  After that it is $10 per dog.  Everyone who registers gets a doggie goodie bag! Last year over 350 people registered!

One of the labradors from the movie "Marley and Me" will be the Grand Marshall of the parade, and there will be a contest of best dressed dogs for his royal court.  You can also browse the grooming and vaccination stations and food vendors that will be onsite.  There will be Mardi Growl dog shirts and photos on sale as well.

My husband and I have registered our 3 dogs.  Now just to figure out costumes!  Hope to see you there with your doggies too! 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

6th Folder 6th Photo

I'm playing along with a game that that Fran is playing at Jackson and Jacob. She is a blogger from my own stomping grounds - Knoxville, Tennessee. The game is go to where you store your photos on your computer. Go to the SIXTH folder and pick the SIXTH picture. Post that photo on your blog and write a short story about it. Tag SIX people and leave a comment on their blog letting them know you chose them.

So here it goes ......

This is a picture from my senior year at Catawba College. I was an outside hitter for the volleyball team. So this is us on one of our road trips to Lenoir Rhyme college for a match. If I remember correctly I think we won and we are celebrating outside on the rocking chairs afterwards! I'm the one to the furthest left. I miss these girls and all the others that I played with through my years alot. Playing college sports was one of the best decisions that I ever made.

I hope you'll join in the game. Its alot of fun to look back through memories as you find your photo. If you want to join just leave me a comment and follow the directions. We would love to look at your memories too!