Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It has been a couple of weeks now and well, still no calls for sub jobs. No biggie really, because I got to have lunch with my sweet friend Rachel at one of our favorite restaurants-Chili's. Chili's changed up their menu, so I thought I'd try something new. These mini tacos were delicious!
Thanks for lunching with me Rach, it was a blast as always!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It is part of the Resolution and the never ending battle to get in shape.
I get to pick Jesse up from school now every day and it is one mile there and one mile back! If the weather is nice I plan on walking so I thought a pedometer would be fun to see just how many steps I take a day. If I can remember to "save" the number I'll post it.
The weights are for my workout with Jillian. She says I can lose 20 pounds in 30 days.....we'll see about that. I am going to try, try, try to do it everyday.....we'll see about that too.
Today was Day 1 and it was 20 minutes of not so much fun exercise, but I did it!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
But today, today I was there when the bell rang and school got out. I got there about 5 minutes early and waited at the front of the school. The bell rang and out came the first kindergarten class, then the other 2 kindergarten classes. I waited a couple more minutes. Okay, where are they? I finally asked one of the teachers.
Turns out Jesse's class comes out the side door and waits by the playground. I thought, great now I'm going to be late. It worked out though, I was there before him and Oh My Goodness was he EXCITED to see me when his class walked out. The smile on his face was HUGE. I have to admit that I was pretty excited too. It was an AMAZING feeling to see how much it meant to him that I was there.
It was a beautiful day, so I decided to walk up to school to pick him up which meant we got to walk home. He was so sweet, he held my hand and we talked about his day.
It's a little blurry, but you can kinda see that big, happy smile.
We picked up Michael, went to gymnastics, and when they got home there was a moment of brotherly love.
It was a GOOD, GOOD day!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Our first weekend home since the beginning of the New Year, and our first family fun movie night, well, afternoon. I had big plans for last night, but the boys were, well, I'll just say they were too tired.
We snuggled and ate popcorn and it was great! Next time we will invite Daddy!
Friday, January 15, 2010
I love little boy pajamas!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Once every 10 years or so circumstances allow me the chance to visit with my old friend, Jena. I really don't remember the last time we saw each other, we tried to figure it out at breakfast, but it was early and I wasn't doing the math right. My guess was mid-1998. I know she came to visit, here, when Sierra was a baby (97?)and I made a quick weekend trip (another, long story) to Nashville to visit her (98?). I know that it was before Feb 1999 when Alyssa was born.
Point is, it had been way too long since we have seen each other. We had breakfast before we headed home. Email is great, but there is nothing better than sitting down, having a cup of coffee or soda and talking with one another. I love that after so many years we can sit down and talk like no time has passed.
Thank you Jena for getting up early and meeting me for breakfast. I had a super time catching up and laughing!!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Here she is dancing with me at my wedding reception in 2000.
I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture of me and her together or even a good picture of her and her new husband-the ones from the church are blurry and the ones from the reception, well it was busy. This is one of the best pictures I snapped of the happy couple.
I am so happy that my family and I were there to celebrate and share her special day with her--she was an absolutely beautiful bride.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Instead I'm focusing on the enjoying my family and friends part, which means heading out of town now and then.
So we headed to Dallas for my cousins wedding. Her wedding was at 12:30 Saturday afternoon and initially we were going to try to leave that morning, but we decided that was pushing it and we would be stressed and rushed. Since Phillip was able to take Friday off we went as soon as Jesse got out of school. Leaving a day early made the drive up a lot less stressful and we were able to check in to the hotel, go have a nice dinner and relax a little.
We thought it would be cool to take the boys somewhere fun to eat, so for dinner we drove to the Rainforest Cafe at the Grapevine Mills Mall. Phillip and I had eaten at the Rainforest Cafe years ago with the girls in Florida, so we knew the boys would enjoy it. And they did, we all did. The food was great, our waitress was great and the atmosphere was, well, great!
The boys and Cha Cha
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I took my time getting myself and Michael ready and it was probably 9:30 when I dropped him off. So nice not having to rush to get him to school before the bell rings.
Then I came home and started cooking. I've been wanting to try a couple of new recipes and since it is freezing cold, I thought I'd try some cold weather recipes.
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp vanilla
The chili was good, but I think it was too soupy, so next time I hold back on the chicken broth and maybe add some more or different kinds of beans.
My boys all smiles wearing their orange and white at the beginning of the BCS National Championship game-Texas vs. Alabama before Colt got hurt and the Horns struggled to stay in the game.
Although they didn't win, they came within 3 points before it went south, we are still proud Longhorn fans. Hook 'Em Horns, Baby!!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I realize it has not even been a month since I graduated, but I knew that my chances of finding a teaching job mid-year would be, as my supervisor said, slim and none. It has also only been 2 days since students returned to school after the Christmas break. I am in the system to be called to sub when/if I am needed. However, there are probably 30+ recent graduates also "on call." Student teaching was NOT a paid semester and the cost of child care is outrageous.
SO.....a compromise of sorts.....He stays home with me 3 days a week and I will practice everything I learned the last 2 years teaching him. He goes to school 2 days a week and I am available to sub and practice (if I get called) everything I learned the last 2 years in the classroom.
It is win/win.
Bonus savings: I get to pick Jesse up from school everyday, so no after school care!
It just didn't make any sense paying to send him to school everyday when I am home all day not making any money. I'm excited to have some one on one time with my littlest man.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Michael asked me if he could come to my party, it was so cute. I tried to explain to him that my birthday isn't like his birthday, there is no party. I haven't had a party in years.
It was seriously a GREAT day filled with lots of phone calls, emails, texts, and wall posts on facebook. I have amazing friends and family, I wish I could see all of them and celebrate with them.
Who knows, maybe next year I will have a birthday party at the roller rink and invite all my friends just like when I was, um, younger.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Seriously? The straw and the lid from your Dairy Queen to go cup? Not the cup or the pillow or the blanket or the million toys, but the straw and the lid. That's my little helper!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Sliding down, Climbing up, Rolling down, Running up and down, Picking up and dropping (not throwing) and even Licking (yes, I caught Charlyee licking one). The weather was beautiful and they all love being outside. They had a blast and they were covered with dirt to prove it!
We spent this New Year's Day traveling so I had lots of time to think--about the year that passed too quickly, about the year ahead, about resolutions, about what is important--
My resolution for 2010 is to slow down and enjoy life.
Don't get me wrong, it seems like every new year starts with many of the same old resolutions and this year is no different, but I really, really want to just not rush things. School kept me extremely busy for the past 2 years and it seems like I'm always too busy for my family and friends. I was busy and I probably will still be busy, but I hope to balance it better in 2010.
A few other things for 2010~
Continue to grow spiritually--challenge myself to read my bible in a year.
Keep in touch with family & friends--write/send cards more often, at least a special birthday note.
Spend more quality time with my boys--monthly/weekly family fun nights--movie, games, etc.
Get organized, scrapbook, learn to play the piano, learn to sew, run a 5K, exercise, try new recipes, read more, blog more.....the list could go on and on.