Friday, May 11, 2012

This Week's Favorites

Favorite photo...
Favorite moment...
My favorite moment this week comes from the night my favorite photo, above, was
 taken. Isabelle was invited to her school's annual Academic Awards Banquet and
 was awarded Most Improved Student!!!  She was ecstatic, so proud of herself as
she marched up and received her certificate.  Shawn and I both had tears in our eyes as
this award meant so much more to us than just the attention: it meant that our little
girl really grew and evolved this year.  All of those nights spent sitting at the kitchen
table, studying through all the frustration, encouraging her, crying with her, driving her
to tutoring, parent/teacher conferences: our sweet girl is most improved.  After
the ceremony, Isabelle's teacher came up to me and gave me the biggest hug.  She said,
"I just want you to know how proud I am of Belle.  She is a great kid and she has worked
so hard.  She reminds me of myself when I was her age.  She's really got a bright
future ahead of her".  And then more tears and lots of hugs.  You may recall this post and
the slow start we got to this school year.  Isabelle's teacher far surpassed any of my
dreams for how this school year would turn out: she was patient, caring, and brought out
 the best in our daughter.  That's all any parent could ever ask for.  Isabelle displayed
her certificate and trophy proudly on her bedside table, smiling as she asked, "Are
you proud of me, Mama?".  Isabelle, there aren't enough words to tell you how proud I am
of our, how proud we all are.  Your teacher said it best: you have a very bright future
ahead of you!!
Favorite links...
I don't typically talk politics on my blog but this video had me laughing out loud.
Anyone else tired of listening to grown men discuss women's reproductive issues?
Speaking of politics: he FINALLY went there.  Woohoo!!
Do you experience "The Witching Hour" at your house, too?  A post here and another
one here: great insight and suggestions.
Nessa suffered every mother's worst nightmare this week.  I cried just reading this!
This blog is so beautiful and inspiring: it's absolutely dreamy.
Are you as in love with Jon Hamm as I am?  Watch this video: Ask a Grown Man.
 Sound advice!
Exercise for pregnant people: hilarious and REAL.
Homemade, all natural flea killer for your pets and your home.
I LOVE this idea for a baby book.
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Deanna Fike said...

yay for isabelle! what an awesome achievement!

Caitlin A. said...

Congrats to Belle, that is SO exciting! <3 I'm sure it'll only get better from here!

I LOVED the "get in my vagina" thing as well as Obama's gay marriage declaration. Hopefully if he gets reelected he'll do something on a federal level to get this thing moving!

Christa Cox said...

Most improved student! yay!!

Jodi Hall said...

Woohoo Isabelle! :) have a great weekend hun :) 

jessica ♥ The Fevered Pen said...

Way to go Isabelle! I'm here via the Restless blog hop. Love that the first thing I read was such an amazing accomplishment :) she's gorgeous!

Checking out those links too!

Megan @ Mackeymadness said...

Awwww, she is precious!! Congrats to her for working so hard this year!!

Lucy The Valiant said...

YAY! Good for her!

Olivia said...

Thank you!!  What a great way to end the school year!

Olivia said...

Thank you!!  And I agree: it's time to get moving and move forward on many social issues.  Hopefully, his second term will bring more of that.

Olivia said...

Thank you!!  We are so proud!

Olivia said...

Thank you!!  Hope your weekend was great!

Olivia said...

Thank you so much!!  She is beautiful inside and out!!  Thank you for visiting!

Olivia said...

Thank you!!  So nice to see all that hard work pay off!

Olivia said...

Thank you!  She rocks!

Garagesalerusblog said...

HI there! I am visiting from the Young and Restless blog hop! Just stopped by to say hi! I am a new follower! Hope you'll stop by and do the same.