Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Sometimes, I wake up and wonder... "could it get any better?" Sure, my job is more stressful than anyone outside of the profession could EVER imagine, and my husband is away so often... I get little sleep and am germ-filled from the kids at school. But, I have a job, I am truly healthy and have a husband and family that love me more than anything. Wouldn't it suck to be miserable ALL the time? I feel sorry for people like that. Homeless people for example- they are miserable and want you to know. There are jobs out there for everyone. They may not be the job you want or feel is "good enough" but suck it up and bag some groceries. I'm not going to give you my hard earned money. And how about unemployment- it KILLS me that I work my butt off every day and there are people who sit at home and collect unemployment because it truly pays MORE than some jobs. I'm just on a rant, but really. Miserable people stress me out. lol.
Work is going well- believe me, stress and germs are flowing like you wouldn't believe... and on a side note right now- there is a freakin CHRISTMAS commercial on tv... WOW! Let's get through thanksgiving first. haha. Ok, sorry- I'm so ADHD... Back to the job- loving my team! We work really well together and everyone seems to be able to laugh and cut up even with EVERYTHING being throw at us right now. It's a lot of stuff and once and everyone is getting burnt out quickly. We do it for the kids and it is worth it in the end. I thought about working someday in a hospital though. With children who need to be taught in the hospital because they are there for extended periods of time. Wouldn't that be awesome?!
Any who- just thought I would update. Hubby and I didn't get Halloween costumes this year. Guess were gonna be a doctor and a nurse again. haha. Goodnight.
Less than a month 'til EAS! Michael had his final physical today and he has already had his seperation classes. I can't believe it! SO EXCITED!!!

Let go laughing- <3

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

i love my life

and everyone in it! =] It's great to be happy and be able to have a crappy day and still be able to know how lucky I am and how wonderful I have it. Thank you, God for giving me a wonderful life!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

germs and more germs

Well, hello world! Here I am, sick again. Love the life of a 1st grade teacher! It is funny, my whole first year I didnt get sick until June and I got the flu. Now, it is only month 2 and I've got the "first grade funk." I went to a new Dr. today and I really loved it! The office is new and only about 5 blocks from my house and she was accepting new patients. =] Perfect! Michael and I have been staying home the past few weekends. I know, Topsail misses us and we miss it too!!! Our bathroom is allllmost done. It looks so much better than before. I have searched and searched and cannot find any "before" pictures. They must have gotten lost when my computer crashed. Sad. But I do have pictures of it now and I love it! Well, surely I wish it was mucho mucho bigger, but that's OK. One day when we add on I will have the bathroom and kitchen of my dreams.

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!

Monday, October 5, 2009

i can see clearly now...

I just picked up my new glasses from the mall. I love them. Theyre different than my old ones, but still somewhat close to the same style. I got home from a really rough day at work today-- my TA is out sick and I didn't know ahead of time... When I walked in, my husband had started painting the trim in our bathroom white. It looks SO much better than the nasty dark wood that it all is in there. He had finished all the laundry and gotten the house cleaned up too! It is going to be so amazing to have him home for good!!!! =] Time to relax now and head to bed early. Staff meeting bright and early in the morning.

Goodnight world.

Let go laughing!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

kids say the darnedest things....

No, really- they do! Friday afternoon during writing time, the kids finished writing for the day and I called them to the carpet to share. As we are sitting on the carpet, one of my more rambunctious students was wiggling and jiggling, so I asked him to stand up and read his writing... It went like this :

"I was walking down the street. I was with my sister. We saw a person, it was a pimp."
I looked at him trying to hold back my tears from laughter and said... "a WHAT?" and he said... "You know, a pimp... P-M-P... pimp." I then asked "what is a pimp?" and he finished by saying -
"You know, a thug who rides in a car with hy-dro-lups and guns with real loud music."
So, yes- Kids say the darnedest things! I brought his writing home last night to share. I love my job. I always have a smile at least for some part of my day - even on the worst ones! Believe me, it is A LOT of work for just a few smiles, but to see these kids learn and grow throughout the year is pretty rewarding if I say so myself.

On my lunch break yesterday, I got a call from Joan Ebert and she had two club level, first row seats to the seasons opening HURRICANES game last night! I was so excited because Michael was home and we could actually go! I love Gale and Joan and it has been nice getting to know Liz too! They are just wonderful people and I am so glad my family has brought me together in their friendship with them. We had an amazing time at the game. Michaels friends were in town for the game as well and they were seated on the ice. His friend Ray is leaving for Afghanistan very soon and he and his girlfriend rode to the game with us and spent the night. When we got to the car, Brandy had gotten the game puck and even though we lost, it was so nice for her to give it to me! She and Ray and their families are big Flyers fans, so she didn't really need a hurricanes official game puck! :) When we got back home, we built a fire in the fire pit and lit our lights outside and relaxed on a beautiful fall night. It was wonderful! This afternoon, we are going to Burlington to see my moms side of the family for a cookout. Hopefully we get a chance to swing by the Stokes and say hello to them! Relaxing time for now.

- Let go laughing!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

they never suprise me anymore---

1st grade comment of the day--

"Mrs. S, _______ is eating his boogers." In such a 'blah, this is normal' tone... What a day!

I went shopping today, again with mom but michael came this time. I got another pair of pants that I can wear to work and will actually like to wear. lol. The only reason we went out there is because stupid Yankee Candle sent me an email with a buy one get one coupon and i HAD to buy the new autumn harvest candle! Lllloooooooooooove it! We got a Spiced Pumkin one for free with it! They both smell so good!

I also ordered my new glasses tonight. I can't wait to get them. I hope my Rx is up to date so I can order them tomorrow after they get the Rx and then I will have them by Tuesday. I only wear my glasses at night, but I would really like to start wearing them more and give my poor eyes a break from contacts. I think it might be important for the health of my eyes, so hopefully I can get to a normal Rx and get Lasik one day in the NEAR future! These new glasses are similar to the ones I have now, that I have had for three years. They are more squared and are dark brown. The sides have a tent of teal to them. Kinda like Amanda's but not exactly. I will post pictures as soon as I get them! I plan to keep the ones I have now for back up. But theyre already blurry because my Rx changed and I dont always update my glassses, so yeh... no one cares about my stupid eyes- in fact, I doubt anyone cares about any of this and I apologize that you are still reading my blah blah blogging. LOL. Ok, I am a nerd.

Greys, Private Practice and cuddles with hubby and Coachy!
Ringer is sleeping @ mom and dads tonight --


Let Go Laughing -
So this is my quote that I live by. It is from a Sugarland song and I started to love this quote this past summer. As this year has gotten into full swing, I must say that I truly LIVE by this quote. Each day I find myself laughing often. Sometimes to keep from crying, but it helps! Try it! LET GO LAUGHING! If you know me at all, you know I always want to make people smile and laugh, so do me a favor and try it tomorrow! Just LAUGH. =]