Sunday, September 28, 2008

I know you!

So it seems that I have a couple of body doubles scattered around the state. It has been funny the conversations that I have had lately.

Tonight, Jay and I were at Olive Garden for dinner. This is the conversation we had with our waitress.
Waitress: I have been watching you all night and you look, act and sound just like a friend of mine.
Me: Really?
Waitress: Yeah, its so weird. My friend Holly is just like you.
Me: Really? My name is Holly.
Waitress: No way! How weird. I can't believe you are so much like her. But she doesn't live around here. She lives in Montevallo.
Me: I'm from Montevallo.
Waitress: No way!
Me: What is your name again?
Waitress: Alisha
Me: Thats kinda cool that you know someone who has my name that is so much like me.

For the life of me, I did not recognize this person. I did not recognize her name or her face and I'm usually pretty good with faces. But what are the chances that there is another Holly that lives in Montevallo that looks and acts like me?

A couple of months ago, I was in Hobby Lobby in Tuscaloosa with my mother in law. Across the store I hear someone yelling, "Hillary!". Well I ignored it because I didn't know who Hillary was. The next thing I know, someone is grabbing my shoulder and turning me around.
Girl: "Hillary, didn't you hear me calling you?"
Me: I'm not Hillary
Girl: Yes you are. You're name is Hillary.
Me: No, I'm Holly.
Girl: No, you are Hillary. You used to babysit me and my sister.
Me: No, I'm Holly and I've never babysat for two sisters.
Girl: Are you sure you are not Hillary? You look, act, walk, and talk just like her.
Me: (laughing) No, I'm Holly.
Girl: Oh my gosh, you laugh just like her. You have to be Hillary.
Me: No, I'm Holly.
Girl: (pretty upset that I'm not Hillary) Are you sure? You have to be her.
Me: (I was getting really uncomfortable at this point) I really need to go.

It was the weirdest encounter. She was honestly convinced I was Hilary and that I used to babysit her.
Later that day, while we were eating, the waiter made the comment that I looked familiar. We joked at the the table that maybe I reminded him of "Hilary".

Have you ever been mistaken for someone?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sad News

I just found out that a friend of mine has passed away. Linda worked in my class last year as an aide. She was always a smiling face around the school and I was disappointed when I found out that she was not going to be working in my class this year. JUST yesterday she stopped by my room for a snack and chat. Last year when we made apple dumplings, she loved them. So yesterday when we made them, I was sure to save one for her. We spent a good 20 minutes just chatting. I will forever remember that last moment I had with Linda. Her daughter, a senior in high school, came in last night and found her on the floor. The doctors think that she might have had a heart attack. Please keep Linda, her family, and our faculty in your prayers. I am still in shock. I am going to miss Linda dearly.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Not Me! Monday

So I have decided to participate, and you should too! If you decide to play along, please leave a comment so I may read your "No Me! Monday" post too. I also encourage you to check out MckMamma's Not Me! Monday post.

This weekend, I did not spend 4 hours in bed watching Sarah Plain and Tall, Skylark, and Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End. I read these stories to my students, why should I waste my weekend watching the movies when there is laundry and cleaning to be done? Nope, I didn't enjoy watching these movies on the Hallmark channel. Who watches the Hallmark channel?

Today, I did not spend an hour building a scarecrow with my students when we were supposed to be doing science. 2nd grade is not supposed to be fun. Who builds scarecrows anyhow? Not Me!

Speaking of scarecrows...

I was not scared by a scarecrow standing in the corner of my room when I came in from making copies this afternoon. I didn't think it was a stranger in my room when I was at school alone. I am not jumpy like that.


Tonight I did not make a hummingbird cake and reserve 2 spoonfuls of homemade cream cheese icing for my enjoyment at a later time.

On a different note, please keep my father in law in your prayers tomorrow. He had an arteriergram (I have no clue how to spell that) today and his carotid arteries are 90% blocked. He will be having surgery tomorrow to clean out his arteries. The doctor is pretty confident that everything will go well but there is always that what if's to worry about.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Please keep a dear family friend in your prayers tonight and tomorrow. Sally, who is more family than just a friend, fell this afternoon and broke her hip. She will be having surgery tomorrow to fix it. She is such a strong and amazing woman! After falling this afternoon, she got back into her truck and drove herself home. I have known her and her husband George for all of my life and love them dearly. Pray for a easy surgery and fast recovery.

Thursday, September 18, 2008



Just a few ramblings to share...

I just finished reading The Shack this week. It was an interesting book. I really enjoyed it and found myself getting lost in the book and lost in deep thought. The vision of seeing God as a black female answering to the name of Papa amused me but the more I thought about it..why not. No one ever said that God had to be an old, white bearded man. I will be honest though, I can't decide if the book is true or not. It is written as if it is a true story, but when I researched some of the details, the only information I can find is about the book. It got me thinking about a lot of stuff. I don't necessarily agree with everything the book suggested but it did get me thinking about my own spiritual beliefs. How cool would it be though to sit on a dock, beside a lake, beneath a mountain, and look up at a star filled sky and talk to Jesus. But the more I think about it, I have done such a thing. I have sat in a chigger bowl (open grassy field), on a campsite, beneath a mountain, and looked up at a clear and star filled sky and felt the love of God surround me. But I digress...if you are looking for a book to read, try The Shack by William Young.

I absolutely love my class this year. I have 18 second graders who are full of life and every day with them is a new adventure. Each one is so different and unique and has so much to offer our group. This afternoon we were talking about potential and kinetic energy (a pretty abstract topic for 7/8 year olds). Well I pulled out an old fashioned metal slinky. My kids were amazed by this small toy of twisted metal. We spent 30 minutes talking about potential and kinetic energy and then building a staircase out of science books so that we could watch the Slinky "walk down stairs". I love getting to make science fun and sharing new (well an old toy) things with them.

I am so excited that it is almost fall. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love watching the leaves change colors; the crisp chill in the air (when it is warm during the day and cool at night); the smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and campfire; and getting to pull out my favorite fall clothes. My favorite holiday also happens in the fall, Thanksgiving. Welcome fall!

So thats my share of ramblings for tonight.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

What a weekend...

What a weekend it has already been! This weekend, my school hosted its' first fall festival. It was a HUGE success. Each teacher pod created a game for the kids so the school had games throughout the whole building. The gym was filled with inflatables (and fortunately we did not blow the circuit like we did this summer at camp). And the most fun part of all (for me at least) is that we had vendors set up down the main hallway. I got to host the Pampered Chef booth with Sarah. Sarah's daughter McKenzie was in my class last year. We had the best time getting to talk and catch up and then selling and promoting our great products. I made some unexpected sales and booked a few parties. I am so excited. It was great to see some of my previous students and my current students. The PTO did a wonderful job organizing the event.
Speaking of Pampered Chef, if you ever need anything from us or you would like to hold a party, please let me know. I have a website but I cannot directly link it here (against the rules) but if you type in www. and and then add /hollyjackson you will be taken to my website. You can order directly from my website and even view our outlet for some great discounted discontinued products.
If you have wondered why I write Live, Love, or Laugh at the top of each entry, is because that is the theme I have chosen for our blog. Those three words can describe mine and Jay's relationship and each entry centers around one of those themes. I hope you can enjoy reading about us as much as I enjoy sharing a little bit of our lives.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The last of them...

Some are out of order, but here is the last of the wedding pictures that I am going to post. Like I said, there were over 300 pictures so I picked some of my favorites.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Even More Pictures

The guest from my side of the family.

The guest from Jay's side of the family. I was laughing at something.

My favorite picture of my Daddy.

Paula played the piano and Barry was our minister.

My favorite picture with my Mom.

More Pictures

The first picture is probably one of my favorites from the day. It was by chance that this picture was taken. It was after the ceremony, after the reception, on our way to leave. Jay had to run by the "courthouse" where he got ready to grab some of his stuff. Krista snapped this shot of us quickly. I love it.

More Wedding Pictures

Here are a few more wedding pictures. My computer has been acting funny so I am only able to add a few at a time. Some are from when we were getting ready that day, then there are some more of my bridal portraits, and then some of our engagement pictures. More pictures to come!

This is the American Village, where we were married.