Merry Christmas, Y'all!
Let go laughing.
Before the "re-do" there was a three panel, dark wood, mirror/ cabinet in that wall. There was also an ugly gold light fixture with no bowls over the light bulbs and all of the trim and woodwork was dark brown wood. Picture it... no really, picture it... yep. gross!:) This weekend, Michael will be finishing up painting and it will be done for now. We're going to carve our pumpkins too. It has been so nice in the past year to have my husband back home in the states. I spend two halloweens, 2 Christmas's, 2 Thanksgivings, 2 EVERTHINGS with him in Japan and I am so thankful to have him back. Last weekend I made pumpkin pies and they were awesome. That's about all I did. I slept for the rest of the weekend. These headaches are awful and wont go away. This weekend coming up we are going to relax and I have a lot of school stuff to work on before I get ready for parent/teacher conferences which begin next week. I am so proud of the growth all of my students are making and it makes me so proud to see it! Tomorrow is early release and we have training in the afternoon. It is a nice break for the kids to get to go to the state fair. I havent been in a couple of years, and I told my kids I was craving a candy apple last Friday. Well, today a student comes to me and hands me a bag with a big smile on his face. He said "is this what you wanted from the fair?"
So I guess even with all the germs, those kiddos still make me smile every day! I felt very special when I got my candy apple! :) Michael would be getting out of the Marines in 2 days if they hadn't messed up his EAS when he came back from Japan... AANNNND the ball that is every November which was one of the only reasons I was OK with this extra month we have to put up with is scheduled for next WEDNESDAY?! Really?! A WEDNESDAY? It is at Atlantic Beach again and I was really sort of looking forward to going. Not that I am a big fan of Marines (which is why I live in Durham still... lol) I was def. looking forward to getting all dressed up again. We only got to go to one ball in the whole 4 years michael was in the Marines. We get a chance for another one and these ding dongs make it so I cant. Not only do I have to work, but my conferences are scheduled for those two mornings and afternoons (wed. and thurs.) Oh well. Who cares. ONE MORE MONTH!!! =] We will be ready to celebrate when we get to the beach for Thanksgiving.
Tyler moved to NYC last weekend. He seemes to really be enjoying it and got a job day 2 being there! Go Tyler! I'm gonna miss having him around, but I can't wait to go up and visit. And as soon as he makes it big on Broadway, you will ALL know about it.
It's not even 9pm and I am going to sleep. My tummy hurts, my head hurts, my eyes hurt, I HURT. goodnight world.
let go laughing!
1. Absence of Trust -->To me, these are all so important and have really made me look at things differently. In the book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, it talks about how you must have the trust in eachother to make choices and decisions. You must be vulnerable and open with one another. If you can't trust your spouse or your "team" you really need to rethink things in my opinion. Trust is so major in my life. I trust all of the ladies I work with that I can tell them exactly what is on my mind. Maybe this is just being open, which is something I am good at, but I do not feel "stupid" if I have to ask a question or don't understand something. This too goes for my family and husband. I am known for making "stupid" comments or asking "stupid" questions and I am not scared to do so. LOL2. Fear of conflict --> This is not a problem that my team has at work or at home! Haha. I love to argue, as does my husband. At work, we argue but always come to an agreement and I think a lot of times this is seen as negative where this book makes it more of a positive thing. Working through issues and productively dealing with the conflicts... Don't you think this is important?! I don't mean "youre stupid, that is dumb, or youre just wrong!" Not those kinds of arguments, but mature adult arguments when everyone is allowed their own opinion and you work through it together are so important.
Sooo... Now I am sitting on the couch in the candle light listening to the rain and wind. The power went out and I decided to read my book! It is back on now and I am happy to have iCarly back. LOL. Hubby may or may not be buying the new car he wants. The guy who took out a loan to buy the blue Honda decided today that he wanted a motorcycle instead... SOOOO- Michael and I do not want to take out the money from our savings in fear that the Honda may not sell. So, unless he can sell the Honda soon, the new car may be gone. :( He just got a call on someone very interested in it though, so let's hope and pray that this time it actually goes through. DRAMA! I am so over the Marine Corps and Marines! Speaking of, since they messed up his EAS date we will now still be active at the time of the Marine Corps Ball... to go or not to go? I don't really know anyone there anymore in his unit and he doesn't want to go. I like to get all dressed up and if it is somewhere pretty like the beach it was at last year, it might be a nice trip. I dont know. It was WAY crowded last year and you could barely move, but I did have fun dancing. We'll see I guess. I don't really want to spend the money on a hotel room and I know it will not be close to here. lol.
Ok, time to quit typing to the world. :) Goodnight world. Time to cuddle with my puppies by the candle light and watch suit life on deck. Hubby has 8 days off starting tomorrow and then we only have one more month of this crap! Thank you, God for giving me such strength to make it through these four years. Without my amazing family and friends and my puppy to keep me company, I never could have made it. My husband is amazing and I have been so blessed in life.
I cant believe michael's EAS is NEXT MONTH! This has been a long four years. He has enjoyed his time serving the country and it has definitaly been an adventure for the two of us. Without the Marine Corps, we never would have been able to travel to such amazing places, meet such wonderful people and be able to have the home we have today. It has been a blessing for us, but we are SO ready for it to be in the past.
Work is going well. Busy busy and boy do i have some first grade stories to tell! let's see. The first three weeks of school have gone by now and tomorrow is only wednesday. I promise, i do NOT get paid enough for what I do. lol. I have seen private parts, cleaned up pee as well as poop and had children crying all day. They are cute and funny, but I do have a lot of them! 24 1st graders is a lot of children. I have a fabulous TA this year who has been a life saver. She is so nice to sit and just talk to. She even took the class for me to have a break after an emotional break down and sending two kids home after some major "accidents." It's great having a full time TA.
Last weekend Michael and I stayed home in Durham. We walked 4.5 miles to the coffee shop on Saturday morning. Mom and Dad, Claire and Nick met us there. We also went to the flea market and farmers market. We got a lot of fresh veggies. I cooked alllll weekend long. Turning into a pretty good cook, if I say so myself. This weekend I get to see Sara and Micah! I am so excited! Off to cirque dreams at the DPAC with mom! =] Then home for the big brother finale!!!! GO JORDO! or Kevin... lol. but i REALLY want Jordan to win!
So, there it is. Another amazing weekend with my husband and family. Next weekend is Bodie's birthday. Then the weekend after that could potentially be my last weekend down here for a couple of weeks. I want to get back into the groove of things the first week or so of school and then I will be back down on weekends while it is still pretty out! Well, that's all for now. Mom will be back home tonight, and that is good because my husband is on duty today.
Time to take care of some stuff and go lay out on the dock- Hopefully the lisence agency will not be such a pain and we can get this car stuff taken care of in the next two weeks! If so, Michael and I will finally own the mountaneer and be able to out our tags on it!
LET GO LAUGHING.