Monday, March 30, 2009
I am sure we have all heard that small, habitual acts of kindness are the greatest acts of all. Well I just thought I would testify that I believe that. A little note, a smile, or simple small gift for no apparent reason....those are the greatest acts of kindness of all. It is the smallest things in life that bring the greatest encouragement and happiness to the life of another. Well all that to say, that Saturday night Paul gave me these beautiful flowers for no apparent reason at all. I think they are absolutely beautiful!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
However, the guys did still beat, Liz, Shantel, Mary, and I. From the looks of this picture, I think they were pretty impressed with themselves too.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
On March 15th, twenty-two years ago, Nicole Elizabeth LaBate was born. And I am so glad she was. :) Nicole is the best big sister anyone could ever ask for. She is all that I ever wanted to be and more. She definitely got the brains in the family. Her nick name if "Miss 4.0"...yes she has gotten a 4.0 grade point average (and if you wondering the answer is NO- I haven't) But beyond her brains and beauty she is so much more...she is my best friend. Nicole has always been there for me, through thick and thin. I can recall many times when someone would hurt me or saying something bad about me...Nicole without thinking would go marching over to them and give them a piece of her mind. That is Nicole for you! She is so much fun. When we are together we can laugh and laugh for hours upon hours. I remember looking forward, with much anticipation, to the nights when I would get to sleep in her room. Those were definitely late night full of giggles and secrets. I no longer sleep with her in her room. However I still look forward to every chance I have, to sneak in her room and just talk to her while she goes about her regular morning routine. I simply love everything about Nicole! I remember when I first entered the youth group how scared I was. Everyone was so much bigger than I was. I was so shy and awkward, how would people treat me? I soon realized I had nothing to fear, after all every knew I was "Nicole's little sis" and surprisingly they treated me well. They knew better than to pick on me. Even the teachers called me "Nicole", or "Nicole's sister." In high school I remember one of my good friends telling me she wished she had an older sister like Nicole. I was at that time that I truly began to realize how lucky I really was. It is not every day that the best big sister in the whole wide world is born, you know. Today, as I look back over my life, I see through everything, good and bad times alike, a big sis standing there beside me. Whether I fell skiing and twisted my ribs, or I was to scared to make my store purchases by myself, or walking into a classroom getting ready to give my first speech..my sister has been there through it all. Quite frankly, I have never done much of anything without her. And I like it that way. I am very proud to be "Nicole's little sis."
Happy 22nd Nicki
Friday, March 13, 2009
I am a teacher at Wee Care Child Developement Center, and I absolutly love my job. I love everything about it, I love reading to my kiddies, doing art projects, singing, and just listening to them talk. I work with the 3- 5 years olds. They are all so energetic, and full of life. I adore them all. Now, I don't know if it is wrong for teachers to have favorites. I personally don't think it is wrong, I mean, I really can't help it. I am naturally drawn to some kids over the others. Of course I would like the naughty, cute, energetic kids, over the good quiet ones. Some of my very favorites include, Sarah, Olivia, Gracie, Julius, Evan, and Faith. But today, I would like to introduce you to Sarah. Sarah is 3 years old; she claims to be 4, but as the teacher....I know otherwise. She is the most interesting child I have ever met. She is not a typical 3 year old, to say the least. She does something everyday to make me smile. If I am ever having a bad day, Sarah is always there to cheer me up. She is very blunt, (she will say what she thinks, and sometimes it is not in my best interest. She has told me on more than one ocassion that I look fat in my outfit or I don't look too cute today) ,but she is also very sweet (she will just come up to cuddle and say I love you.) Let me give some examples of my little Sarah. We were coming in from playing outside one day, she was taking her sweet little time coming in, so I picked her up, "Come on Sarah!" "Miss Brooke, my name is not Sarah, I am a little pig...and this little pig is going to bite you!" Yes..that is Sarah for you. Or I could tell you about the hot day in August when little Sarah brought mittens to school , and insisted on wearing them all day, yes, even outside. Well today, Sarah was crawling around the room; she insisted that she was a cat. She was traveling along meowing and rubbing up against my legs, seeking my attention. I proceeded to get out my camera out to video tape her...then it happened...Dominic came over grabbed her little face and then he gave her a big ol' kiss. She was in shock at first, then she looked at me in terror as if to say, "Miss Brooke aren't you going to do something about this?" I shut off the camera ( if only I had kept videoing...) Then little Sarah burst into tears, "Miss..Miss Brooke, Dominic..he..he just kissed me....get away from me Dominic..get away." Today, was just a normal day at work...but every day, the kids give me a reason to smile. They help me to see the joy in little things. I love my job!