The kids are doing just fine. My son graduated from Pre-K. He also received Mastery in every skill. My daughter is heading to the third grade and brought home good grades as usual. And as they are headed off to camp this upcoming Monday, I’m headed to school and work. Not fair!


The Spring semester finally came to an end which it seemed like it never would. I have one more course to take this summer and I have to present my topic. Once my topic is approved, I present it in the fall for graduation. That Master’s degree will be conferred for your girl.

And then I decided that I am going to go back for my Ph.D in Science and Math Education, also known as SMED.
Dr. Carla Buckner. Please say the DR.

As I’ve mentioned before in my previous post, life has been pretty busy. My workload has picked up quite a bit, which is good but it also leaves me with little time left to come here and blog.

And as if I’m not busy enough, I’ve been invited back to my university’s engineering camp to teach robotics. That would mean that I’d have to get up at 5AM instead of 6:30 AM. I accepted anyway.
Because tuition = paid + a few extra Gs.

Back in April, my mantle said “Chile, PLEASE!” and just gave up holding up my television. As a result, I had to rearrange my living room because I was NOT putting my new television back on the mantle.


I reinstalled the mantle, did a little rearranging, and I think I like the arrangement better. (More on this later.)

I went thrifting recently and found a lot of treasures – tables, desks, lamps, etc. I’ve missed thrifting and being as though I don’t need not naaaahhhhhlllll ‘nother piece of furniture, I’ll only be returning for work clothing and books. I swear!

Oh, and my garden is thriving. My mother and my grandmother used to always tell me that the key is to talk to your plants. I think it works.


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  1. Law_Fal

    May 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    So glad everything is doing well with you, you had been on my mind! Congrats with grad on the horizon and furthering your endeavor after graduation! Good old Southern! I think I’m going to come to Homecoming this year, since this Fall is my ten year anniversary of graduating from undergrad! I wish I had a garden!!! :) I’m so proud of you!!!

  2. Lorena

    May 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Dr.Carla Buckner – love it! It’s been a while and I am back to blogging :) I had to come back to your spot because I always loved reading your posts. So very inspiring. It’s amazing to see the accomplishments of your children and especially yourself! Wow. Hard work definitely pays off! You may have just inspired me to go for my masters :) Have a beautiful day mamas!

  3. Faith

    May 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Such a cute picture, he looks so proud to have graduated :)

    And woohoo! Dr. Carla has a fabulous ring to it!

    Bummer about the television, but I’m glad you have an arrangement you like better.

    Hmm, talk to your plants! I hope that would give me a green thumb already.

  4. Kay

    May 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Girl I thought I lost you for a second. I was dying to peep into your life. I like seeing hard working women juggle life! It inspires me to be great, do great, and live on great. Congratulations to the kids. Good grades and recognitions are always a blessing. Please get your doctorate. I want to see what it looks like. I want to know what the experience is like. I will be following in your footsteps but slowly. I’m living vicarious through you. And I love it.

    Blessings all around. I know you will go far.

  5. Jena

    May 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    You have a lot going on! I feel like I am busy, but if I threw school into the mix I would be totally lost! Thanks for looping us in!

  6. Shannon

    June 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    My hat is off to you for being able to maintain such a busy schedule! I know how that can be & I know you’ll finally be glad when it all pays off!

  7. NikG

    June 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Congrats on getting your masters! So you have a Pre-k graduate too! That’s great!

    BTW, mount your TV on the WALL above your mantle–that’s how are’s is. Luckily, the people we bought our house from left the wall mount behind when they moved out! Just an fyi, in case you ever decide you liked your old arrangement. ;)

    1. NikG

      June 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      *ours (It’s been a long day. lol)

  8. Natasha Solae

    June 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    OMG at your television! It looks like my busted up iphone but I know your TV…omg! Congrats to your son & Omg at your daughter. I would’ve never thought you had babies because you show no sign of stress. I think if I had kids, I would be bald because of all the stress and freaking out!

    Congrats on your garden! It’s sooo difficult to grow anything here in Vegas! Boy do I envy you! Got any tips?

    xo, N

  9. Vaneese

    June 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Yay! We (I?) missed you in the blogosphere! I’m glad that things are going well for you and the babies. And congrats to your son for graduating, as well as your daughter for her achievement. They have an awesome role model! I mean, go ‘head on Dr!

  10. Dara

    June 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Girl, you are on it! Your son is getting so big, where have I been. Congratulations on your Masters and moving on to the Ph.D, Dr. Buckner definitely has a ring to it.

  11. Yetti-Writes

    June 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Dr. Buckner! YES MA’AM. I’m always in awe how you manage to do it all.

    I feel really old, watching your kids grow through your blog is amazing. Tell little guy I said “Way to go!”

  12. The Indie

    June 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    So proud of you and your accomplishments future Dr. Carla Buckner! Girl, you are doing a lot of wonderful things and I wish you nothing but success. I am sorry to hear that your mantle and your TV didn’t get a long but can’t wait to see what you did with the space in lieu of that issue. And your garden looks fabulous, I wish I had the green thumb. I tried to garden last year, I think I saw a few sprouts and then nothing but death lol

  13. Cindy

    June 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Just came across your blog!
    Will def add it to one of my regular reads :D

  14. jenn

    June 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    ooh my gosh ! they are so adorable. love that first shot :)

  15. Kiara

    June 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I know you are a proud mother! Your kids are beautiful and have grown so much!!

    You inspire me to not take a break from school. I know so many people that just stop after their Bachelor’s or wait forever to go get their Master’s but I never understood why. I know if I take any type of break, I probably will not look back. Might as well get it all done at once.

    I love love love thrifting. I don’t know when I will stop, if I ever lol.

    Just asking – what plants do you grow in your garden?

  16. vanessa

    July 9, 2014 at 9:27 am

    it’s been a while since i’ve been on your blog, carla and clearly i’m missing out.
    congrats to your son!
    first of many graduations i’m sure if he’s anything like his momma.

    and yessssss, to the PHD!


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