Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2 + 2 = 4

Well, in the case of my classroom it's more like "Latitude Flatitude!" This week it's back to the grind! I actually worked all of last week, but it was just in-service days except for Friday and even then the students only came for two hours.

Maybe I should back it up a bit! I had a great weekend for my last big bang before getting back into full swing with students and all! Friday night was "Poker Night" which usually happens about once a month at my friend Rob's house. I am frequently the only female player, but I enjoy going and trying to work my magic and my cards to my benefit! Ha! This time, no such luck... I lost two games in a row (we play tournament style Texas Hold 'Em). But at $5 a pop, there was not much lost!

Saturday was a great day too! I got up bright and early and went to work like a mad woman on my house! I cleaned and cleaned - whew! Saturday afternoon I made all kinds of yummies including hot ham and cheese rolls, bacon-wrapped little smokies, and Kelly's AMAZING spinach dip (see her recipe blog linked to the right for the recipe)! Moo brought yum-yum dip and it was... YUM.. YUM! Saturday night I had some of my favorite friends over for a little munching, a little pre-season Titan's game, a lot of laughing and a few games! We had a blast!

Sunday was low key saving energy up for Monday, the (unofficial) first day of school. I did manage to sneak out to meet Rondda and Kristah at Olive Garden, but didn't manage a picture.

Now, that brings us back to "Latitude Flatitude" (aka "latitude lines run east to west and are measured north and south of the equator")! Do I sound like I am back in teacher mode yet? This is where I will spend copious amounts of time for the next several months:

This is the view of my room from my desk...

... and this is the view of my room from my doorway!

I like my classroom, it is pretty roomy, I am on the first floor again this year, which I like, and the benefit of an old school building (which is my favorite part) I have a wall of windows looking out onto historic Main Street! I'm just sayin' if you have to be inside all day, you can't beat the view I have from my "office" Ha!

Now, for those interested... there are ONLY 178 days of school left until summer break! LOL!!!! Teachers are wore than the kids! Don't be fooled, I do actually enjoy it very much!

That's about it for tonight! I will post one more picture. I decided I would get smart and try to design my own blog header. I googled something like "create your own blog header" and wound my way through links and landed on scrapblog.com. Where I made this fabulous creation that is SO me!

Problem is... I think that website really is just like an online scrapbook... I have no way to actually make it my blog header. It's looks really neat though, huh?

UPDATE: Obviously I am working on setting this as my header... also Obvious is that fact that IT IS HUGE! If you have any tips, please feel free to share! :-)

UPDATE 2: Okay no longer HUGE but not just right either. Tell ya what... I am going to keep working on it and stop with the updates. Eventually I am sure I'll land on the right combo! :-)


Betsy said...

I LOVE your new blog header!! You are so smart! It really is cute!

And I loved seeing your room. I guess it's the teacher in me. I just love seeing other classrooms and knowing there are other people out there doing the same thing I am every day.

Your walls are so bright and the class looks nice and big. Plus your view of Main Street sounds great!

ariel said...

girl that header picture is so cool! you always have the neatest headers. once you figure it all out you have to teach me! :) I loved your last one..

and HAHA you're back to work! :P just had to throw that in there.. I'm just jealous I didnt have the summer off!

Leigh Ann said...

It seems like you go back to school early! You always have fun weekend plans that make me wish I was right there with you. Your classroom looks GREAT, so roomy and cheerful. Your blog is looking so good! I'm so impressed you can do all this yourself! It looks great!

Lauren said...

Love the new header! You're right...it's so you! I can't believe it's time for you to go back to school. Enjoy BEING CENTRAL!!!

Lindsay said...

You figured it out - great job! I need to get more creative with my header. What program did you use to add the pics and stuff to it?? I just switched my whole template and that took enough time!! LOL.

What grade do you teach?

Megan L Hutchings said...

I love the new header and I am so proud of you for staying determined to design your own!

Back to the grind...GRR! Just remember I am only a few blocks away and can bring you lunch anytime ;)!

Duane said...

I love your classroom Meagan. Is it just me or does it bring back memories of Mrs. Ireland's room. Maybe it is how the chairs face each other like ours did. It is so cool that you are teaching. It makes me want to work even harder to join you there.