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U Caught Me Thinking...

wifey...teacher...scrapbooking addict

Updated: 2016-09-08T00:23:58.223-04:00


You can find me on Facebook.


Seeing that everyone is one Facebook now, I have no need to keep updating my blog. It's been a great 5 years on blogger!

My Cute Nephew!


(image) My nephew, Lucas, appearing at a Baby store near you!

Blog Neglect


I have been neglecting my blog because I spend most of my time on Facebook. I am not going to delete my blog but most of my pics will be posted on Facebook...everyone is doing it.

The List


1. The older I have gotten, the more “type A” I have become. My friends with kids say that will change once I have my own kids.

2. I love scrapbooking, reading, listening to music, playing games….these activities defiantly qualify me as “lame”.

3. Those that have known me for a long time, know that I was once a labeled a “wild child” or “bad girl”. I don’t regret anything in my past. I learn and move on.

4. I always knew I was going to be a teacher. I like being a Special Education teacher….I am always cheering for the underdog.

5. I could never be the Special Education teacher that works with severe mental retardation or behavior disorders…give me your ADHD, ADD, LD mild behavior/emotional disorders and high functioning Autistic kids instead.

6. In college my roommate and I witnessed a stabbing at our apartment complex…we had to testify a year later. During court, the guy tried to escape but was caught and found guilty.

7. Fast-forward to 2008 and I was in court again to put my perverted dentist behind bars for things dentists shouldn’t do to patients…needless to say, he won’t ever practice again.

8. I married a guy who was friends with one of my closest friends. Everyone thought we were complete opposites…actually we are a lot more alike then everyone thinks.

9. I LOVE all dogs….I have a special place in my heart for labs and greyhounds.

10. I loved my college years…some of the best times of my life!

11. July 4, 2005 is by far the saddest day in my life. My 15 year old brother passed away in a 4-wheeler accident. I got the call from the hospital and had to be the one to tell my step-mom and my sisters. It still hurts as bad today as it did 3 years ago.

12. I like my food bland…and most food can’t touch either.

13. I was born in Wisconsin and spent almost every summer there with my grandparents until I was 17. My cousin and I always had so much fun.

14. I grew up in Dunedin/Clearwater, Fl and moved when I was 16 to Sugar Hill Georgia…what a huge difference.

15. I liked Florida but would never want to live there again…okay, maybe Seaside, Florida wouldn’t be so bad.

16. I have many friends and Facebook has reconnected me with many friends that I lost touch with when I moved to GA.

17. My husband and I met at a friend’s birthday party. They thought it would be funny to switch seats so we would have to sit next to each other.

18. One of the first things I noticed about my husband was is great butt! Most guys don’t have a nice booty that fills out a pair of Polo jeans.

19. In high school I was involved in lots of clubs….chorus, theater, editor of the yearbook, service clubs….notice there are no sports listed. I think these clubs also qualify me as “lame”.

20. I did dance for a few years (jazz and tap)….that’s as athletic as I get.

21. In college I was involved in a service sorority (Gamma Sigma Sigma). I was in Phi Mu but de-pledged….it just wasn’t for me….people telling me what I could and could not do….not happening.

22. A big pet peeve of mine – DON’T make me a “friend” on Facebook if you don’t return my comments or emails……it’s so RUDE! Why would you be “friends” with someone if you never respond to them?

23. I have never been to the west coast unless you count Hawaii.

24. I HATE roller coasters and scary movies.

25. Other than being fat, I have never been happier in my entire life J.

It's Fah-reeeezzzzing!


My morning today 7:45-8:15:

3 layers of clothes +
12 degrees w/ a windchill of -5 +
car rider duty for 30 minutes +
frost-bitten toes =

a cranky teacher

this is when I miss winter in Florida

On a Hiatus


I am going on a web hiatus. I have lots of other things I need to be doing but the web keeps pulling me away!

So in order to finish the household budget, lesson plans, wedding thank yous (yes, I know they are ridiculously late), laundry and reorganizing the office I am banning my self from the following until Friday night: Facebook, MySpace, blogging, reading other blogs,, and other random sites.

I will be allowed to check email (since I only communicate with everyone via social networking sites), budget related sites (bank, credit card, etc...) and sites to book our upcoming weekend getaway.

I wonder how hard this is going to be???

Happy New Year!



It's Sticky Here...Interesting


In a study on national migration patterns to be released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Georgia ranks third among “sticky” states — or states that hold onto their native-born population. More than 69 percent of adults born in Georgia still live here, according to the survey, a stickiness ranking behind only North Carolina (71 percent) and Texas (75.8 percent). See more info at the Pew website.

Love Her!


(image) Cora, my god daughter

Our First Christmas



9th Annual Turkey Bowl - Thanksgiving Day


(image) me and my honey

(image) sister-in-law Steph and nephew Lucas

(image) the guys - minus two who were at the ER

Halloween 2008






I'm lovin...


  • my hubby
  • a fresh haircut
  • the change of seasons
  • holiday sales
  • pizza and a good movie
  • college Football
  • facebook games w/ friends
  • secret Santa
  • my nephews
  • twilight books
  • that the elections are OVER
  • fuzzy socks



is around the freakin' corner!

Dear God...


help us if there are more Americans like this at the polls on Tuesday.

This is a must here.

Yes, I will admit it....I went and I liked it.


(image) Me & Nikki at NKOTB

I can't wait!


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From the mouth of a 1st grader:


When asked how the CogAT* was, the student's reply was:

"It was easy. All you had to do was color in the little circles."

*Cognitive Abilities Test - all 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students take it in the fall.



A new term I learned today:


As heard in a meeting regarding new polices and procedures on student intervention.

Last Week...


1,810 miles traveled to Wisconsin and back,
1 $75 speeding ticket,
1 funeral,
and I am finally home.

Richard Bienema 1927-2000


Richard J. Bienema, age 81, a native Monroe businessman and resident of Verona, WI, passed away at the Ellen and Peter Johnson Hospice Care Center in Fitchburg, WI on Sunday September 14, 2008, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease and lung cancer. Dick was born in Monroe on May 15th, 1927, to Arthur and Marguerite (Schneider) Beinema. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1945 and enlisted and served proudly in the United States Coast Guard. He was united in marriage to Patricia Knaack on March 1, 1952 at St. John's Church in Monroe.

Dick was successful in real estate property development with Behring Properties in southern Florida and he was also a Monroe businessman throughout his adult life. He established and co-owned the Suisse Haus in Monroe and was the owner of Bienema Olds-Cadillac in Monroe. Upon retirement, he and Pat lived near two of their daughters in Atlanta, Ga. and recently returned to Verona, WI, where they were active at their retirement community, local senior center and as members of Salem United Church of Christ, Verona.

Dick loved to spend time in Canada and Hayward, WI, "fishing for the big ones" with his fishing buddies. He was an avid fan of the Monroe Cheesemakers, Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. Dick cherished the time spent with Pat, his daughters, sons in law and grandchildren and enjoyed extended family gatherings on the holidays.

Dick is survived by his wife, Pat of 56 years; his daughter and son-in-law; Susan and Robert Kuster of Janesville, his daughter and son-in-law; Lisa and David Dempsey, Buford, GA., his daughter, Kristine Bienema, Duluth, Ga.; his granddaughter and husband; Tiffany and Supin Hsu of Norcross, GA, his grandson and wife, Robert and Meredith Kuster, Janesville, his brother; Robert Beinema, Monroe and his sister and brother-in-law; Helen Jean and William Knechtges, Monona.

He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Virginia Kummer, Portage and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kristine and James Ronspiez, Oregon, WI, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends including the residents of Sugar Creek Apartments, Verona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal grandparents; Mary and John Schneider, who lovingly raised him after his mother died shortly after his birth; his brothers-in-law; Charles Kummer and Kenneth Doyle, his sister-in-law; Joan Knaack Doyle, his nieces; Julie Kummer Bartz and Heidi Lemke, and his nephew; Kevin Doyle.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 502 Mark Dr., Verona. The Dr. Rev. Mark Yurs will officiate the service. A visitation will be held at the CHURCH from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday. Inurnment will follow at Verona City Cemetery, Verona, WI. Memorials may be made to: Hospice Care, Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711 or to Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Dr., Verona, WI 53953.

Richard's family extends a special thank you to all the staff at Hospice Care, especially, Russ, Sina and Patty as well as Rev. Mark Yurs for all of their kindness. We love and miss you ... "Death does not extinguish the Light, rather it puts out the lamp because the dawn has come."

My Grampy


(image) My grampy had been sick every since my wedding last March. His Alzheimer's was getting worse due to the lung cancer the doctors found this summer. I went up two weeks ago to see him one last time. He was more concerned about how the hospital staff was treating me than how he was feeling. He passed away Sunday afternoon surrounded by many of my family members at a Hospice center. Supin and I leave for Wisconsin tomorrow night so we can attend the funeral on Thursday.

My grampy was a great man. He was my father figure before my step-dad came into my life. I am going to miss him so much but I am glad he is no longer suffering.

I have been waiting for this...


(image) ever since I randomly bought this CD a few years ago




I haven't been blogging because back to school has kept me so busy. I have some extra needy/high maintenance kids this year. They are all sweet but they suck the life out of me. And I am working on some new programs/curriculum which takes lots of time. I usually don't have the energy after work to do anything else. I know if I could get in bed before 11pm every night I wouldn't be so tired at the end of the day. However, I can't get everything done before 11pm!

I spent last weekend in Wisconsin with my grandpa. He is not doing well and has been moved to hospice. When I got back to Atlanta, my parents went up to Wisconsin and now I am house/dog sitting until they get back.

My weekends have been busy with a concert, a weddings, visiting with family in town and the trip to Wisconsin. I am looking forward to things settling down so I can start treading water again!