A leave of absence

I’ve been gone.  Yes, I realize this.  I’m sure you are biting your nails into tiny stubs waiting to see what’s going on in my crazy life.  Here’s a glimpse as to what has kept me away from you…

  • Spring break started off with a couple days of absolute laziness on my part.  I started the week off knowing I would only have 2 days at home and made a list but none of those things actually happened.  Blake asked one night, “Did you do ANYTHING today?”  My answer, “Nope, and if you have a problem with that, you should have become an educator so you could have a spring break too.”
  • My children, my mother and I made a flying trip to Ohio to see my grandparents and other family members.  I should probably write a blog about this
  • As soon as we got home, Paige’s birthday somehow turned into a weeklong celebration and the party started as soon as we got home and just ended Sunday.  That will also be a future blog.
  • Last night I had big hopes of catching my blog up and then Parker had crazy nosebleeds all evening which threw a wrench in everything.

I promise I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth and we haven’t even talked about Hunger Games yet so I’ll talk to you soon!


My Hunger Games Career

In my career, I get the privileged to read many books that teenagers read.  If you aren’t aware, the Young Adult genre is exploding these days and it is not a curse to have to read them.  They are actually really good!

Approximately three years ago, I read one of the most intriguing books I have ever read.  I shared it with every teacher, student and friend who would listen.  Only a handful of them came back disappointed.  Most everyone came back  begging for the next book.  My word, even my husband read it and he had not read a book in the entire length of our marriage.  Hunger Games is a great book.

I have been disappointed by many a book turned movie and was scared to get excited about Hunger Games.

As I went to the most anticipated movie in a long while (in my opinion), I sat and cried, covered my eyes, jumped out of my seat and giggled every time I thought they had cast a character perfectly.  That movie stressed me out even though I knew how it ended!  But boy oh boy was it good!

So this got me to thinking, how long would I last if I were a tribute?  Some of you who know me well would giggle because exercise is not something I enjoy or partake in very regularly.  So here’s the rundown:

As soon as the games started, I would hightail it in the opposite direction of every one else because I am a coward.  I would find a hiding place and I feel like I could outlast maybe 10 tributes or so.  I would probably die from starvation or a silly mistake in survival because all of my survival skills come from watching all of the seasons of Survivor.

I wouldn’t last long and I’m not much of a tree climber so I hope the world never turns to the ways of the Hunger Games.  I do have bad news for you.  If you read very many of these YA books, you are going to realize that the future is looking very grim.

Have you read The Hunger Games?  What’s stopping you?  You will like it, I don’t care who you are (or at least be intrigued by it)  Take a step on the wild side of YA, you will find something fun, I promise!

PS  I have started a library blog for all things in my professional life.  Everything from book reviews to clever things I do to trick kids into reading books.  If you are interested in reading it, you can find it here.

It was a cold and rainy night

But the story starts way before that cold and rainy night…

When I was a girl, a very wise preacher told me to start praying for the man I was going to marry.  I did pray for him.  Lots and lots of prayer.  I sometimes doubted what God was doing in my life because I thought I had a better plan, but He knew what He was doing.  He was preparing me for the man He had for me.

I had moved to Nevada and lived here for awhile before a great lady decided to set me up on a blind date.  Now, let me tell you, when you are the single girl in a small town, everyone wants to set you up.  Am I right single people?  I like an adventure so I went for it.

I remember the first night Blake ever called me.  I had been to a ladies ministry meeting for church and at that meeting that great lady asked me if she could give this guy she knew my number.  I said, sure what do I have to lose?  After I got home that night, I was talking to my friend, Bonnie, on the phone when I got another call from “Blake Hertzberg”.   Wow, she must have run right home and called him!  Nope, Blake decided to call me on his own because she had been talking to him as well.  Now later I would find out from Blake’s friends just how out of character for him that was.

We talked on the phone that night and decided to meet.  I remember our first date was on a Wednesday night and the reason I remember is because I remember sitting in a bible study and not thinking about anything except the fact that I was going on a date when I got out of there.  We went to dinner and through more conversation I realized this was a really great guy and I had a lot in common with him.

That weekend I had a road trip already planned to that wonderful preacher man who had given me such great advice as a girl.  I think I talked to Blake on my cell phone for the full 7 hour trip home.

I knew pretty quick that I thought Blake was pretty great.  I’m not sure what his problem was…but it took him a little longer.

I won’t even tell you the story of our 1 year anniversary of dating and how he gave me a really stupid gift that led me to believe I was going to get a ring but didn’t…

We finally got engaged and had a pretty short engagement…4 months.  Why wait?  It was a very stressful time in our life.  I tend to believe that weddings bring out the evil in people.  This was no exception.  Hard times only brought us closer though.

We got married on a very cold and rainy March 13 and then took off to a great trip to Jamaica.

I’m sure glad God had a plan for me because I know that His plan is SO much better than anything I would have planned for myself.

I married the most kind, hardest working, best dad, great gift giver, best organizer, sweetest guy I have ever met, just to name a few of his characteristics.  We have a great little family and we work hard to have a great life.  We are some of the most blessed people in the world and we know it.

Happy anniversary, Blake.  These past 8 years have been fun, hard, quick and wonderful.  We have lost 2 grandparents and 1 great friend.  We have learned to lean on each other in good times and in bad.  We have created 2 of the cutest, funniest, wildest kids I have ever met (and I have met a lot of kids!).  Those kids have taught us patience, made us laugh, drove us crazy, and taught us a deeper love than we have ever known.  I’m so glad that I’m in this journey with you.  I look forward to the next 80 years with you and eventually we might even be able to take our children to a restaurant without embarrassing us!  I love you!

Random Sunday Thoughts

  • I have read 2 1/2 books in 3 days.  I’m feeling good about that!  (And they have been good books)  Only 25 more to go!
  • Paige fell against the end table and banged her head slightly.  She cried more than when Parker busted up his head on the driveway the other day.  
  • I banged my knee on the pew in church this morning as I took my unruly son out of the sanctuary and it hurts BAD!  I also figured out that I usually cross my right leg over my left knee when I read but I am unable to do that.  Somehow I still was able to read today.
  • I love Five Guys Burgers & Fries and if I lived near one, I would probably weigh 50 pounds more than I do now.
  • It is excited for me to see everyone else getting excited about the Hunger Games movie.  Finally, a strong girl character unlike Twilight.  Please do me a favor and read the book before you see the movie…you won’t regret it.  
  • Today was the first day our church got to have Sunday School classes in our new building.  It was so great!  Our class used to sit in the sanctuary and that was hard for my ADD mind to keep up and stay focused.  Now we have a classroom with a table and the only distraction is the window.  I’m super excited about that.  My kids also loved their new classrooms.  It’s a great place to be!  You should come visit us sometime!
  • I have read a couple of super suspenseful (kid) books lately and I’m starting to get paranoid about life.
  • My kids, my mom and I are headed to Ohio to see our family on Wednesday.  A trip to Ohio still gets me just as excited as it did when I was 10 years old.  I cannot wait to get there!  An extra part of the excitement is that one of my best college friends who happens to live in Ohio near my family gave birth to her beautiful twins last night so hopefully I will get to see them while I am there too!  I am not looking forward to 28 hours in the car with my children.  Prayers are needed.
  • Paige informed me at lunch that she knows who she is going to marry and she is ready for him to show up at our house with a ring.  My brother and sister-in-law started dating when Holly was in 8th grade.  Is Paige going to break that record?  I am currently negotiating the dowry agreement with Paige’s future in-laws.
  • My husband enjoys putting puzzles together.  I knew that he would work on puzzles with Paige but I got him a big puzzle for Valentine’s Day and he has worked hard at getting it completed this weekend.  He thought he lost a piece at the very end, but never fear, he found it.  After almost 8 years of marriage, I learn something new about him all the time.
That’s all I know today.  I have very much enjoyed this rainy Sunday.  I read a book, took a nap and enjoyed my family.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

What a week!

We have had a crazy week around here!

It all started last Saturday.  The kids and I didn’t have any plans so we thought we would head up to Butler to hang out with my parents for awhile.  I noticed Paige was moving slow and it turned out she had a temperature.  That pesky temperature was actually the dreaded INFLUENZA A and it stuck around until the end of the week.  Paige missed a whole week of school!  Parker joined in on the fun Tuesday but we got him to the doctor quickly so he got the good meds and was feeling better by Thursday.

Yesterday afternoon, finally the fevers were gone so we decided to get the kids outside to enjoy the beautiful spring day.  Paige was chauffeuring Parker around in their gator.


An unfortunate combination of Paige started to drive as Parker was standing up in the back, resulted in Parker’s forehead meeting the concrete.  In a rush of tears, blood and screams, we got Parker inside and cleaned up.  It’s a good thing he’s tough.  Paige would still be crying if it had been her.  I gave him some “medicine” and off he went.

After we ran off some energy, we settled in for our Friday night Pizza Night and Big 12 Basketball (Can you feel my excitement?).  Both kids feel asleep and it was only 6:00!  I let them sleep for a little while so I could take advantage of the quiet time and get some things done (Read:  bubble bath and read a good book).  It was obvious, they weren’t waking up.  This lead to a horrible worry that the kids were going to wake up in the middle of the night and we were going to having to be ready for the day.  I also was worried about Parker’s head injury and his sleeping.  I made Blake trek across the house several times to make sure he was breathing and he was fine.

Paige woke up at 9:30.  We watched a little Project Runway Allstars and I left her to do her crafts and watch cartoons.  She tells me she stayed up all night, but I don’t quite believe her.  Parker slept until 7:30 this morning!  I was shocked but apparently he needed it.

I’m ready for a new week and especially this spring break week.  (Although Paige’s spring break started a week ago, I guess)  We are going to get healthy and have some fun if it’s the last thing we do!  We hope to go visit my grandparents and family in Ohio at the end of the week.  One of my best friends from college is having twins ANY DAY and I hope they come while we are in Ohio so I can visit them.  If not, I will just settle for visiting with my friend.  I hope you have some fun this week even if it’s not your spring break.

I’m off to KC to find some adventures!