Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Bobby!

Yesterday was Bobby's birthday.  Not just ANY birthday... His 29th Birthday!  This is a pretty important number for Bobby.  Not only is his favorite Nascar driver, Kevin Harvick, number 29. But, Bobby also wore the number 29 when he played baseball.
( I just love seeing him in his uniform!)

So, like I said, this birthday was a pretty big deal!  Here are a few pics from the start of Bobby's 29th year!

I gave Bobby his presents when he woke up in the morning. Of course, Lola wanted to help open them!

Bobby LOVES cookie cake.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed in how the cake was iced so my mom suggested that I scrape the icing off and redo it myself.  Not too bad, if I don't say so myself!

We had dinner at one of Bobby's favorite sushi places, and enjoyed the company of some of our favorite friends!

Happy Birthday Babe! I love you!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Hi friends!
Well, tomorrow starts my 6th year teaching! I can't believe it! This evening I have to go to the grocery store to make sure I have everything I need to pack my lunch. Then I have to get my clothes ready for the morning!
But before I do that, I want to share some pics of my cute new door sign and my "Whaley Great" bulletin board!
Anyhoo, thanks for looking! And wish me luck on my first day ;)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ssssunday Yard Work

So yesterday, kell and I were able to cross off 1 of our To Do list items, as we changed all the light switches and plugs in the house. Replacing the original switches with some newer, nicer looking ones.

Today, I decided to knock out another item that we have been putting off for way too long.  Trimming the giant tree like bushes in our backyard.  They really grow like crazy.
 So, I began this morning in the daunting Florida heat.  After an hour or so of fighting the branches to get to a place where I could make the desired cut, I caught a glimpse of a snake, curled up amongst what appeared to be a birds nest.
  The nest was located high in a group of branches that needed to come down. I didn't really know what to do, so I thought about it for a while.  The snake was long with tan and brown stripes down its body. Now, we see a black racer in the yard occasionally, but we haven't seen anything like this guy. I certainly do not consider myself an expert in all that is reptile, but Google is, so I took a few minutes to see if I could hunt down some information about what type of snake this was. Is it venomous? Is it some type of constrictor? I hadn't a clue, so I wanted to find out. I came across a site that lists all varieties of snakes in Florida. I had a feeling it was a rat snake so that was the first thing I looked at.  The write up indicated that the Eastern Rat Snake is a great climber who dines on rodents, frogs, lizards, and birds eggs.  This made me feel fairly certain that we had a rat snake in our bushes/trees. So, with the knowledge that my life wasn't in danger, I headed back out to the yard.

During my research break, the snake appeared to have vacated the nest. I carefully cut the branches that nest was located in, and brought them down. No snake. He must have realized what was going down and took off.  So I went back to work.  After another hour or so, I made eye contact once again with our reptilian friend.  He had vacated the nest, but not the trees entirely.  He was curled tightly around a lower branch in the bush.

Kell and I talked and we decided that we should try and catch him, and relocate him away from our yard. The question was how? Although I was fairly certain that he was a rat snake, and thus not venomous, there still was some uncertainty as to whether or not I was correct. I do watch the occasional Discovery Channel show that depicts some trained snake wrangler making the catch.  So, I guess there really isn't much to it.

I decided that I wanted to grab him behind the head but wasn't able to get to it easily.  I then thought that I could cut the branch he was on and walk him out of the yard using the branch.  Kell correctly indicated that he would probably make a break for it as soon as I cut the branch. Finally, I just grabbed the branch, so he uncoiled and started traveling up the branch.  I grabbed him initially, but he spun around toward me so I dropped him. He continued climbing the branches.  I then grabbed him by the tail and pulled him out of the bush and into the open yard, where I had a bucket waiting.
Just as I almost had him in the bucket, he swung up toward me, so I let him go.
I then tried to scoop him into the "Scoop Away" cat litter bucket.  But that didn't really work either.  So I grabbed him again and successfully 'wrangled' him into the bucket.

We then walked him down to the end of the street where there is a retention pond and lots of potential meals awaiting this snake.  I opened the bucket over the fence, and let him go on a branch of a big tree nearby.
And off he went....
Ssssssoo, until next time...
Thanks for reading.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Feeling Gator-y!

Today I am feeling especially Gator-ific Last night Bobby went to the Touchdown Club meeting and brought home our SEASON TICKETS!  We are both sUpEr excited to have tickets this year!  Here's a pic of the beautiful tixs!
So in the excitement of Gator Football starting I found this website where you can create your own Countdown.  (I wish that I could load it onto the blog, but don't think it's possible)  Here is the link to my countdown!
Another reason I'm feeling so Gator-licious (wow, do I sound like a dork or what!?!) is because I'm working on birth announcements for our newest little gator! Here's a sneak peek at the announements!

Anyway, thanks for reading and GO GATORS!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Charlotte's Web

Hello again!
Yesterday we went to see our nieces, Abby and Tristin, in their first play!  The girls played the parts of 2 Goslings and also 2 of Charlotte's babies, Joy and Aranea!  They did such a great job and the show was adorable.  Bobby's sister was the Artist of the play and Juan, Bobby's Bro-in-law was the stage director!  It was a family affair!  Here are some pics from after the show!  Enjoy!

c/o 2000!

WOW! I can't believe it's been 10 years!  Saturday was my High School Reunion.  We met at Shepard's on Clearwater Beach.  I worked with 2 girls from our class on the reunion and my job was decorating!  I had a little dilemma of wind...since we were on the beach.  I didn't want to worry about things blowing off the tables and falling down so I was happy to get the idea to decorate butcher paper for the tables!  Here are a few pics of my tables!  (click image for larger view)
Our Alma Mater

 Our Fight Song and yearbook pages of Football Team and Cheerleaders!

Yearbook Photos

  Yearbook photos

table

Senior Superlatives

 Senior Superlatives

In the year 2000, Survivor aired it's first season...

"In the year 2000, these couples tied the knot"

In the year 2000, a movie ticket was $5.39... etc. 

Bobby working the Check-in Table

My Beautiful Banner!  YAY!

So happy to see Katina, my very first friend!


The Reunion was a BLAST and it was so great to see everyone!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Indian Summer

I'm very excited (and also very behind on today's tasks) because I decided to redecorate our mantel!  I am very proud of myself for using what I had around the house to create such a perfect feeling for this time of year!  Here are a few pics...
The little lemons are just something I printed out from my favorite designer's website.  heidi grace!

SOoooo... Whatayathink?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Hello again! Bobby and I just got back from a mini vacation, and my last chance to relax before it's "Back to School" time! My mom is spending the week in Apalachicola, or Apalach to the locals.  Here are a few pics from our stay...

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