Saturday, August 28, 2010

d


We haven't quite decided what we are going to do for our D weekend yet. Michael is leaving to go to work at Dominos in a few minutes. Does that count? haha. We live in Durham... OK. Well, hopefully we will think of something by tomorrow or sometime during the week. We thought about going to a Durham Bulls game, but he has to work when they are in town this week. Duke gardens is pretty, but we've already been a few times and it's hot out. We might have to skip D and move on to E next weekend if we can't think of anything other than living in Durham and eating Dinner.

Today we went to see Brian's grave. I put a ECU lei on it and a pom pom. I had to get him ready for football season! I miss my big brother dearly. I know he is up there watching everyone. We were going to get him flowers and then I thought.... Brian, flowers?! Yeh right- I can hear him now... haha. But the ECU stuff, he is saying "that is neat!" :)

Then we went to Crabtree to finish using my birthday money at the j-crew there. It's the nicest one in the area. And Lush is there so I could use my gift cards from Tyler and Claire. With $60.00 worth of bath bombs, soaps and shower bombs... the car was smelling good on the way home! We took the top down and it felt fabulous outside.
I have the most awesome group of first graders this year. I am so happy to say they are quite adorable. They are busy and wiggly, but what group of 24 six year olds wouldn't be, right? It was a nice first week and I hope it continues. I know it is going to get very stressful when the meetings start every morning and the breaks are few and far between, but I am hoping for a great year! Here's to many relaxing weekends! I've definitely gotta clean this house and get to the grocery store tomorrow! :)

~let go laughing

***UPDATE:
Well... it was unfortunate that we couldn't find anything to do on our 'd' weekend! Michael woke up Sunday morning with an idea:

"Honey, I have a D! I fell up the stairs coming in from work last night and we need to go to the Dr."


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

goodbye, time....hope to see you again soon.


OH my goodness- How busy have I been? And the kiddos haven't even gotten there yet?! We did have dinner sunday night with Matt and Jennifer and Elizabeth. She is growing up so fast and is so fun to be around. Michael and I skipped our "d" weekend and hope to have time to take it on this coming up weekend.

Tomorrow is the first day. I'm excited. They came in yesterday to see the room and meet me. It was nice to see familiar faces and have parents tell me they didn't know what they were going to do if their little ones name wasn't on my list. It made me feel good. Finally, like a part of the school and not the "new teacher" that no one knows. In all the time I will be away from my blog, I will be on my school website. It is still a work in progress, but I love it. My husband has three nights off this week! I can't believe it! It is so awesome to have him home. It wont last. lol. But he did cook me dinner tonight! And he helped me get things ready for my classroom. Yeh- he is pretty awesome.
Hopefully I do not wake up to Ringer trying to dig another tunnel to a different world because of thunder for the third night in a row. What's with that?! Do they make Prozac for dogs??? ***OOOHHH**** ding! ding! ding! I'm ready to be famous- Let's market that! lol

OK- it is obvious that I am slap happy.

goodnight.

~let go laughing.

Friday, August 20, 2010

1 week down

Well, the kiddos have not arrived yet. We get to meet them on Monday! Yay! I have spent one of the longest 4 day weeks I can remember cleaning, organizing and decorating my classroom along with sitting in meetings and staff development. Michael even painted a few walls for me! Wednesday was my birthday and it was great. I had so many facebook messages, texts, phone calls and e-mails and everyone at work was so nice. I woke up to a dozen red roses and Last Song which had just come out on DVD the day before! (One of my favorite books AND movies, ever!!!) I have a pretty awesome hubby! I got to work to a card from my team and donuts and then mom and dad brought me lunch. We went to our regular "Mexican night" Wednesday night and Bob and Mary and Nicole brought me balloons! :) It was great. We are celebrating this weekend as well. Other than that, it has been pretty busy for me at work, but nothing worth blogging about. I guess my blogs and life will be pretty boring for the next 10 months. I am very excited to meet my new class though and I think this will be a challenging year but I am looking forward to it. :) That's all for now- I need to sleep!

~let go laughing!



Sunday, August 15, 2010

goodbye summer break 2010

What a wonderful friend you have been. Only 298 days until I see you again!! Even Ringer is sad we are leaving this wonderful island. Coach didn't even want to get in the car. He ran and hid under the porch. I know I will be back on weekends, but this is just the beginning of the end. Fall will be here before we know it. As I type, we are sitting in the drive through at Port City Java... I just have to point out that there is a motorcycle behind us in the drive through line... I would love to see how that is going to work out for them. Anyway- As summer comes to an end I want to remember what a wonderful time I have had. It all started off with the birth of my first niece on June 5th. Emalyn came to visit and we cooked out at the pool... Then I headed to the beach, moving all of my stuff down and relaxing in the sun. July 4th snuck up on us and we had a wonderful time with family and friends. We (Coach and I) spent another three weeks just relaxing on the island. My first grade teammates joined me for a few days on the island before it was time to pack up and head to Vegas. Coach stayed at "papa boot camp" while we were gone. Michael even got to spend several random days at the beach with us this summer and I would drive to Durham and see him every week or so for a day or two. After Vegas our wonderful cousins from Ill came to visit. They spent a long weekend on the island with us and then we went to Durham. I spent a week at home with Michael before returning to the island to take summer out with a bang. It was a summer full of family, fun, friends, cookouts and love. Catching shrimp, bike riding, skiing, riding the boat, singing karaoke, playing spoons, catch phrase, laying out on the beach, laying on the sandbar, randy greens beach, dockside, floating in the sound and rescuing Michael on the broken down jet ski... Beauchaines, corn hole, capture the flag, beach shop, jogging, crab pot (yuck), homeport... Trading ol' blue for the miata, cutting 10 inches off my hair to donate to locks of love, meteor showers and my in-laws selling their home of 20+ years in Michigan to move to NC and be closer to everyone. What a whirlwind, exciting and wonderful summer this has been. I thank my lucky stars and God for allowing me to be so fortunate. Although I hate that this summer is coming to an end, there is always next year and the many to come. At least I have a job that I love and some awesome friends that I get to spend my days with to keep me busy until June 10th. :) So long for now, summer break. I will miss you- thanks for being so wonderful!

100 days until Thanksgiving break
128 days until Christmas break
242 days until Spring break
298 days until Summer break!!!
~let go laughing.

Friday, August 13, 2010

go. see. do. 'C' (DON'T GO!)

It is already the third week of our fun! We spent three days together at the coast of North Carolina. With Michaels job, he rarely gets two days off in a week and this week he was able to spend 2 and a half with me on the island. It was so nice considering this has been my last week of freedom before going back to work. We chose to do part of our 'c' activities during the week since we found a restaurant here that I haven't been to in over 12 years and Michael had never been. If you know me at all, you know that one of my favorite foods ever is Alaskan snow crab legs. Being that it starts with a 'c' we decided to try out the crab pot. If you are a topsail native at all or even visit this wonderful island, you will see this place on your left just after you cross over the surf city bridge over to the island. It's one crazy lookin' place! You order at the window, pay and then go have a seat to wait for your number to be called. Sounds like mcdonalds or panera, right? well... you don't order your drinks at that window, you have to go into the bar where there is a $10 minimum on drinks... Not to mention the food that you just ordered is
passed through a window in a styrofoam "to-go" box. 1 lb of crab legs and a 'steamed bucket' for two (michael and his mom shared) that only included a couple of out of season oysters, some crab legs,
two small pieces of corn, a few shrimp and a couple of potatoes... a whopping $67! Now, remember... that did NOT include the drinks that I forgot to tell you came with $1 refills on everything but tea and water. The crab legs were good (it would be pretty hard to mess up in my opinion), but Michael was not satisfied with the steamed bucket. So would we suggest this as one of your stops on our wonderful island?? Probably not... in fact I think the grade we should give it is a C-. haha. BUT -If you're looking for some decent fried or steamed seafood and have plenty of money to throw away... and you don't mind sitting at picnic tables inside a screened in building with no a.c-- go for it! (We quickly remembered why we hadn't been there in over 12 years though!) Don't tell daddy he "told us so." Hey, what the heck- we were supposed to try something new, right! That's how this project works! We know not to go back- We'll buy the crab legs from the market next time and steam them ourselves. :)


-The free and most fun of our 'C' activities was our 2 hour game of Capture the flag with the kids! It was SO fun and I am SO sore today! We played in our yard and the yard across the street. It involved tackling, hiding and lots of sprinting. It was so awesome to feel like kids again. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the game but I did get a picture of the whole group later that night when we
were playing spoons.


~let go laughing!!!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

dear summer,

PLEASE don't leave me. Being on this island makes life so perfect. We spent a lot of time talking today about being a stay-at-home mom and having a baby. I want to still work with children, but I do not think my brain, mind and sanity could conquer teaching and being a mommy. I would miss my baby too much and I wouldn't be able to put into my classroom and passion of teaching what I am able to now. What have we come up with you ask???? (or don't ask, but I'm sharing...) I am hoping to either job share in the 1st grade OR work a a Sylvan learning center. Best of both worlds. I get to stay home with my little one and only work part time, still making some money. Hours would differ depending on who/what and where I was to job share if I am able to take that route. Also, if working at Sylvan I am pretty sure the hours would be something like 3-6pm because that is when children get out of school. Mind you, this is not a "tomorrow" plan. We are looking 2-3 years out but I just like to have a plan. It's the OCD and ADHD in me. Please offer me any advice or ideas you may have... :)


I really love 1st grade. :)


We've already been thinking about some DIY projects to transform the office into a guest room/office/"playroom"... Why not get ahead of the game, right? Check out this fabulous DIY office we have decided to design after- imagine that, another DIY from younghouselove which is also the inspiration for our laundry room. Anywho- off to work on our first "c" event!!!

xoxo

~let go laughing.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

our B weekend





This was our 'b' weekend. We started off on Friday morning at the beach. We spent the morning basking in the sun... ok, the clouds. lol. But, it was wonderful. I couldn't believe Michael actually got a Friday off! I lounged on the dock for about an hour while I watched him ride the jet-ski out in front of me. We had to go in early to get ready for our event of the evening. We got dressed and I wrestled with this "oh, too short" hair cut of mine... I'm learning, but I will be happy when I have just a few more inches to play with... That's another story, but I am just happy that I was able to do what I did for a good cause. Now selfishly, I would like my hair back please. :) SO yes, we got ready and headed to Brunswick County for the third annual "Dancing With The Brunswick County Stars." We were there to see Brooke and Bodie!!! They Both start with B. :) After the event was over we spent the evening at Bodies house and had a great evening. Saturday morning we all went out for breakfast and then packed up and headed home. If the weather holds out today, we are planning to take a fun Bicycle ride. Stay tuned for more adventures! Feel free to leave ideas in the comments box. Next weekend is 'C.' And... this weekend isn't over!

~let go laughing

Thursday, August 5, 2010

i did it!


...and it was able to be donated!!!!



haircut help... please vote

I'm gonna need some votes and I need them fast! My appointment is at 2:30!

Either vote here, or send the vote via, facebook, email or text!!!

*Yes, I know they are all blonde- lol


Mother/ daughter day at the spa... I guess you could call it that. I am taking that huge leap and most women know the one I am speaking of... I am trying out a new hairdresser!! I was not happy with my color this previous time as many of you are quite aware of. (aka "hooker hair incident"). I have been with the same hairdresser for at least 10 years. Sometimes I think it is just time for a change. I love her to death but I am ready for a new hair style and something different that I just wasn't getting or was too afraid to ask for. I am going with mom to her hairdresser at Bangz in Wilmington. Mom, Anita, Cecelia, Jane and many other women go to this spa. I trust their opinions and am hoping for the best. As I sit here and ponder what I may want to do during this cut and style appointment I think back to my many hair cuts and styles in the past. I've gone "boy" short (thank you fantastic sams, I will never be back)... above the collar bone, very long and layers vs. no layers... I have been bleach blonde several times (not by request) and I have been very dark. Although this appointment does not include a color, I may request a quick toner if time is available to take away some of the leftover "hooker locks" I still have. We'll see if that is an option today- if not, I may need to find someone closer to home to pop some in before school starts. So, the question is, what style to go with?! I am a very rare breed and I don't do well with change. I do, on the other hand, want to donate my hair to children with cancer for wigs. I know it is selfish of me but I just don't know if I am ready to cut off all 10 inches required for Locks of love. Unfortunately they do not accept bleached hair and now that there is a little bleach in my hair, I don't know if there is too much to just pull out. I don't think the bottom 10 inches would be affected with this bleach mishap since it is mostly just in the front and around my face. I would hate to send my 10 inches though and it not be used. I hate that this bleach is in there! I'll ask Monica when I get there. The next option is Pantene. They do not have as strict requirements to make the wigs. The difference I have heard is that the wigs do not always go to just children with Pantene and I think they are sold and not given away- but, once again... no bleach accepted. UGH! (This is an irritating factor because I never wanted the bleach in the first place.)

So let's not worry about the donation as it will most likely not be possible and let's discuss styles! Send me your vote and I will post an 'after' picture this evening!!! :)

~let go laughing



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

classroom makeover

Mom and I spent the day together after waking up and meeting my in-laws for coffee. They headed off to the beach, where we will soon join them and we headed to bed bath and beyond, teacher stores, wal-mart, dollar store, target and more! While in Target, I noticed that they had a lot of aqua items in the new "back to school" collection. This is only very cool to me because it is a very favorite color of mine and they had fabulous stuff for my classroom that matches my already wonderful chair pockets, curtains and homemade pillows! My birthday is coming up very soon and I was planning to get that fabulous camera- well... mom made a deal with me that if I would wait until Christmas, she would help me makeover my classroom! Sooooo... Michael catches a break on my birthday present that he was going to split with mom and dad, and my classroom is going to be super cute! I have always wanted it to be more coordinated and now it finally will be... I hope. I mean, really... how many pictures will I really be able to take that I can't use the camera I already have now until Christmas... 4-ish months people! :) Oh, I cannot wait to see all of this stuff in my classroom. Mr. E told me I can come in soon because they are FINALLY finished with the floors in my room. I can't wait. I will probably come back to town and go in at least one day before I have to be in there! So... other than that, mom and I also ate at Fosters today- so good! I can't believe I have lived in Durham for almost 25 years and have never been there. My sandwich was on sunflower bread and it included avocado, tomato, spinach, bacon and herb cream cheese... sound very, hmmm... different. But, it was amazing!!!

off to enjoy the evening with my hubby. Heading to a new place for a hair cut tomorrow... excited, yet nervous at the same time. We'll see how it goes!

~let go laughing~


oops- i forgot the pictures of my new 'completed work' file boxes. They are so much nicer and smaller than the crates I used last year and the huge 'mail/file box' I used the year before. Now, to train the newbies how to file the work. Hopefully they were in classes last year that used them too. It
only took my class a few days to figure out how to find their name, open the file folder and put their work in it. We don't have a lot of "worksheet" type activities in my classroom anyway, so it isn't a lot. They have a few sheets from centers such as handwriting and listening and sometimes there are tear out sheets in math... it should work out nicely. I might even have them write about their listening book in their reading journal and check it from there. It will save paper! Gotta go green!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

peach cobbler

What a day, spent in the kitchen. It was a lovely one though. I made pancakes for breakfast (see previous entry)... then I made a peach cobbler, from scratch!!! Here is the recipe:

My Homemade Peach Cobbler : (will add photo soon)

Rich biscuit dough (recipe below)
6 c. fresh sliced peaches
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. water
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar mixture

Prepare biscuit dough using recipe.

RICH BISCUIT DOUGH:

2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
2/3 c. milk

Sift together dry ingredients, cut in shortening and add milk. Stir with a fork until a soft dough is formed. Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead about 30 seconds and roll about 1/4 inch thick.

Cobbler:

  1. Add lemon juice to peaches.
  2. Mix dry ingredients with water. Add peaches.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring gently to keep juice smooth.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Spray pan and line sides of a casserole or baking pan with strips of rolled biscuit dough.
  6. Pour in 1/2 of peach mixture.
  7. Add more strips of dough and peaches in layers.
  8. Top with a layer of dough, dot with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Freezes very well.

waffles

It has been nothing but cloudy during this week I have spent here at home. I cannot wait to get back to my island for one last hoorah before school starts. I have leadership tomorrow and then it's back to island time until I absolutely have to be back. :( I'm so not ready for summer to be over. I am excited about a new batch of kiddos yet I am not looking forward to the drama, paperwork and stress that is about to take place. I love mornings like today, my kind of monday- when I can just wake up at 9am and make waffles for my hubby while he lays in bed. Then we can take our coffee to the back porch and talk to our wonderful neighbors (aka- my parents). Then I can climb back in bed and watch Regis and Kelly and have no worries. It is nice, I must say. I cannot wait to be a stay at home mom. We have been talking about kids a lot- everyone we know either just had a baby or is pregnant. We would love t a little one but just can't see it in our finances yet for me to be a stay-at-home- mommy. I refuse to go back to work unless there is absolutely, positively no other options. This being said... baby S is not coming anytime soon. Sorry, folks. Ashley and I talked about it a few weeks ago on the sand bar and decided that we are both too selfish to give up our beach time and other things. Therefore if we are stay-at-home moms, we wont really have to give up all of our beach time and time away from home because we wont have to work. It makes since to us, ok!? :) I'm just a topsail girl at heart and always will be- as will my child!

On another note, I cannot wait for my birthday present. My birthday is always bittersweet. August 18th- one day after the first day back to work. It was my first day of college... I just can't seem to get it off! lol. And even though I'm back at work, I don't have students yet, so I never get birthday love from the kiddos! Oh well- this year I am getting a brand new camera and I couldn't be more excited. Mom and Dad and Michael are all going in together to get it for me. I have been using a small Canon; Powershot SD1100 IS. I love my camera, but I am ready for something bigger. I will still carry my little one with me everywhere- no worries, but I am looking forward to being able to explore with a bigger one. I am getting a D-SLR and haven't quite decided which one is best. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Pictures is one suggestion I have been given and hope to look further into it.

Off to make some peach cobbler- I might share, we'll see! :)

oh how I love summer. ~ let go laughing.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A


We started our challenge today and had the most fun! We woke up this morning and decided to use the fresh apples we recently bought to bake some apple pies. Usually, I am the one in the kitchen, but today- Michael joined me. It went so much faster with two sets of hands. I peeled and sliced all of the apples while he mixed together all of the sugar, flour, apple pie spices and other ingredients. We only had one misunderstanding when he dumped the mix into the pie crust without the apples. It was too cute. Then we worked to cut out the extra pie crusts to weave over the top of the pies. It was so hard waiting for them to come out of the oven because they smelled SO good! We are a pretty good baking team! We will most definitely do it again.



Our second 'a' activity for this weekend was going to the flea market to look at antiques. Oh, what
fun we had! We love the flea market and it was only 75 degrees today, which on a normal summer day I would NOT be happy about. But, it was perfect for a walk through the flea market. We looked at all kinds of old things that we don't usually take the time to stop and look at while we are out there. We didn't end up buying anything, but we did come close! I suggest the flea market for great priced furniture for re-doing in any DYI projects. There were beautiful hutches and mirrors as well. We ventured inside and got away from the antiques and found the sweetest baby girl, puppy. I named her Bella and if she weren't only going to be 10lbs, I would have brought her home. Michael wants a big dog though. :(

We both enjoyed our day together and are so thankful for this new "game" we are playing. I have a feeling this cloudy Sunday would have been spent on our computers, me- editing photos or blogging, michael- facebooking and playing games... Instead, we were able to do some fun things together and really spend some one on one time with each other.

I hope you are enjoying our adventure!

let go laughing~

farmers market



Looking for something to do in the triangle? Check out the Raleigh, Farmer's Market. Great prices, fresh produce, beautiful flowers and much more! After 1 hour, Michael and I alone came home with a basket of peaches, (pictured above, $10.00) 3 green peppers, 3 huge tomatoes, 4 cucumbers, a watermelon and 2 sweet potatoes ( all only $7.) Mom and dad came along and mom bought me a gorgeous, yet slightly over priced, but so worth it bouquet of flowers ($12.00). Mom and dad filled the back of the car with bags of fresh baked pies, veggies and fruits that they plan to cook for lunch!