Monday, November 24, 2014

Halloween at's a perennial favorite!

Well, I guess better late than never.  Right?!  So... MMPT West Monroe clinic decided they'd be cops and robbers.  Todd, typically NOT one to get in on the fun of things, suddenly walks into the bathroom, where the girls and I are getting dressed, and he has THIS on!  
I was cracking up.  I actually think he looks a little like Pit Bull!  But... in his mind... I really don't know!  Some sort of robber, I suppose.  He even has a tear under his left eye!  Like the cons in the lock up have.
The girls were ready for their day at school, full of Halloween parties and such.
Their strange parents, on the other hand, were dressed and ready for the day!  MMPT Ruston was Tacky Tourists.
See?  Another robber!
Never one to go with the crowd, Tom was neither cop nor robber.  I think he secretly needed a reason to dress in tie dye, long hair and a headband!!
Ralph, part of our Ruston PT team, was a perfect Tacky Tourist!!
Now over in our Monroe clinic... oh man!!  They were classic!!  They told Kourtney, one of our therapists, they were going to be 90's rappers.  She came as Tupac.  What she didn't know is that they were secretly planning Kourtney's Krazy Land.  Kourtney sorta lives in lala land, and she talks about aliens and fairies, and things like they've spotted gnomes over in countries overseas.... and to hear them talk about it, she has convinced herself of these things.  SOoooo.... they all dressed up just like those things.  All the while, she was Tupac!
Another robber!  Where are the cops?!!
OH!  There he is!  That stache though!!
And looks like JW and Ashley have nabbed a real robber!!
Sweet Paige came in her pumpkin outfit too.  I couldn't resist adding her to this blog post!
Tyler is our newest PT.  He was a PT tech waaaaaay back several years ago, and he is now back as a PT.  He'll be heading up our PT team in Ruston.
And my oh my, would you look at Clark Kent?!  Is he not adorable? !
These tacky tourists were hilarious.
But this thug really made my day!!
I love working in a place where one of our core values is FUN!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mother Daughter Daughter Trip. Let's be SPONTANEOUS!!

This year, on the first weekend of October, I was smack dab in the middle of an art retreat!  For that reason, I didn't go on my annual jaunt with my cousins, Cherry and Sissy.  I loved having the retreat, and if I had it to do over again, I'd choose it every time.  Buuuutttt.... I really missed going to Canton too!  So....
I called mom and Staci and we made a very impromptu decision to hit to interstate and go take us an adventure.  After all... my word this year IS "Explore"!!
After swinging by Posado's in Shreveport on the way out, we made it finally to our hotel in LIndale, TX.  I'm talking we didn't even leave West Funroe until around 6:30, and it is a 4 hour trip.

The next morning, at the crack of dawn, we went down to have breakfast in the hotel lobby.   Mom runs into her college roommate!  How bout that for coincidence?!
Would you LOOK at what their waffle iron made?!  Very cool!
So, then, we were off to the market.  I snapped a few pics of things that I knew I could go home and make or that inspired me.
Todd sent me a  few pics via text too.  It was 50's day, and I'd left the girls' outfits all laid out and ready to go.  The scarf was supposed to be tied in Ellie's hair, but hey.. they got close.  She was NOT happy that she didn't have a poodle skirt.  I mean, like N.O.T. happy!!
"I'll be the ONLY girl at school not in a poodle skirt".  Like I believe that. AND like I can just drum up a kids' size six poodle skirt!
If you follow me on FB or Instagram, you know that every time I am out of town, Todd decides to do something funny with their daily #grovesgirls pic!  Today, it was this.
Meanwhile, back at Canton Trade Days...
We stopped by #queenofthetrailerpark to say hi.  She was always so willing to donate things to the Shake 4 Jake event.  All i had to do was call her and ask!
Oh YESS!  I am MAKING this!!
It was fun having only the three amigos on this really fast, last-minute trip!
JinJin on her scooter kept us howling.
I have this kid at MMPT who is 18 or so and has cerebral palsy.  THIS IS HIS JAM!  Everybody know the next line of this song?!
If I'm just being honest, I don't think there was anything we didn't EAT!
Corn on a stick!
Chicken salad!  Peanut brittle.  Corndogs... this place is a hot spot for quickie food.  And we were all hurting from head to toe by mid afternoon, such that we just wanted to sit.  And when you sit at the food court, well,.... you know!
I bought this sweet shirt for KK's baby boy.
And us girls laughed til I'm pretty sure these two peed on themselves.
(But if they get a doctor's prescription and bring me an insurance card, I can help them with that!  haha)
TOLD ya!
My cousin, Cherry, has a difficult time telling her birds apart.  She bought a whole pumpkin kit one year for my Aunt Bonnie that turned out to look exactly like a PEACOCK instead of a turkey.  And so, I sent her this one so she could identify the species for me.
Todd tells me I should start wearing my car key FOB around my neck.  I just got a new vehicle, and I've locked the fob in the car no fewer than 4 times already!  The dang car is too fancy schmancy!  If you leave the fob in the car, it'd automatically lock on you.  We have since remedied it by taking it back to the dealership and having them dismantle that feature!  I just don't like taking my keys in at work or the house.  Then I find that all I do is LOSE them!  I sent him this pic of all these crystally key holders and asked him if he really wanted to see me in this all day long.
Seriously, we laughed our heads off.  That is pretty much the norm when we are all together.
And I guess that is what it is all about!
Don't negate the importance of taking these spontaneous trips with those you love.  We went on a Wednesday night, took the day off Thursday, shopped all day, and hightailed it back to Monroe in time for work on Friday!  Lots of memories made!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas canvas class... the jolly snowman.

Some of you might recognize Pam from my art retreat earlier this year.  She is the chick in the lime green, right beside the girl in the foreground in the lime green. 
 Pam called me a few weeks ago and wanted to know if I'd be wiling to come to her church and conduct an art class for her women's group.  It is a church that is out in the country, and I would have TOTALLY gotten lost had I not followed her the whole way there.
 I took three different options.  Each one of them was based on a very simple circle shape.
 The ladies could choose between a snowman, an ornament, or a Santa face.
 Because I was the single teacher of the class, teaching 14 women, who chose three different subjects for their paintings, I had to take along step-by-step instructions for drawing and painting the cute subjects.  That way, I was available to walk around and help each one of them as they came to a point where they needed help or just got stuck.
 I LOVE to hear people in the beginning sounding all doubtful and all that they will be able to complete the project.  Trust me... they could've been a bit intimidating!  They were pretty cute!
 I asked Emery at the studio to make my samples since I was pretty jam packed with meetings and coaching clients all week long.  OH!  And of course, my sweet patients!
So here was the first option... this one will be offered at mojoystudio over the next couple of weeks.
 This was another option.  I am offering this class next Tuesday night.  Today, there were already 8 signed up, so this class is filling up fast!!  If you are interested, better go to and get registered!!  It will be at 6:00pm and will only cost $25.  It is a 16x20 canvas, so it is what I'd call a great deal!
 And finally, this will also be a class on a Tuesday night in the next three nights.  The dates have been set, and can be found on the website.
 So, as the evening progressed, the snowman snobs isolated themselves to a table in the back of the room!  ha.   Actually, I think they just enjoyed working together step-by-step and staying on task together.  See the directions on the table?!
 They were busy little bees.  And are you ready to see a few finished products?!
 Look at what these three elementary teachers ended up producing!!   There were stencils made to use for the JOY.  And would you believe that a charger (you know... the kind that sits under plates on a fancy tables cape?) was used to start both of these projects?!
 In fact, it was actually used for all three of these subjects!!
 I enjoyed working with these ladies... women of all ages who are bound by their love of God and friendship!
 Miss Gail was a ROCKSTAR!
 Tada... More snowmen! I LOVE how his little twiggy arms are toward the sky!  See how one of the ladies below wrote "Praise!" in the star?!
 And Miss Pam, the hostess with the mostest, painted "Hallelujah!" .
 Jill ventured on out on her own and changed the colors so it'd work better in her daughter's room at Christmas.
 These sisters surprisingly chose different subjects for their paintings.  I think they both did an excellent job though on their canvases!  Don't you?!
 There's always that one!  ha.  This was a teenager, who I think just felt a need to exercise her independence.  And so I let her!
 And finally the pastor's wife finished up her masterpiece!
If you would like to be led in painting any of the above paintings, (with the exception of the black star one), just go to and click on the canvas that lights your fire.  Each class is a special price of $25 because I want everyone to have the opportunity to paint one to use in their decorating and to be able to say they did it all by themselves!  I mean, come on... did you see even ONE painting in this blog that wasn't great?!  This class, full of all different types/ ages/ styles/ etc of women, worked relatively independently on their paintings, and  they were ALL really awesome! OH!  They'd make a really great gift too!!  Come to one for yourself and come to the next one and give as a gift!!  Just sign up through the website so we'll have a headcount.  And bring a friend!!  The more the merrier!