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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting Back to Nature

Since we've gotten back from the beach hubs and I have been filling our days and nights with outdoor activities. We went cat fishing on Friday night and today we went swimming at Maury River in Goshen... It was so nice to be outside soaking up the sunshine, floating down the river, and watching our nephew and chocolate lab play in the water. Here are a few pictures from our adventures... We are going camping at the lake on Friday! I can't wait! :)

Maury River, Goshen Pass

Mason swimming with his tennis ball in his mouth!

Me and our nephew Caden :)

Mason, Hubs and I

Hubs and Caden... Love this one!

Caden... so cute!

Hubs fishing (and Dad off to the side)

Caden trying to lift the big catfish up!

My catch!

Dad and his catch!

Sunset on the farm where we were catfishing


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Meet our children

Meet Mason... Chocolate Lab. Full of energy. Thinks he is a puppy. Spoiled rotten. Stomach of steel. Was the world's worst puppy. Smartest dog alive. Occasionally thinks that he is a lap dog. Loves to hike and swim. Avid tennis ball chaser.

Meet Piper.... Golden Retriever mix. Sweetest, snugly 8 month old puppy there ever was. Very laid-back. Also spoiled rotten. Can do no wrong in my eyes. Loves to chew on sticks/wood. Loves to chase the cat below.

Meet Fitch.... our very first pet as a couple. Spoiled rotten (by me mostly, hubs isn't a cat person). Hates the large, playful dogs above. Has been known to hiss and claw at the dogs above. Loves to nap in the corner of our walk-in closet and occasionally tries to escape from the house.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Major Shopping Deal and Beach Pics!


Yesterday I spent the day with my mom and one of my sisters. We went out of town because Holly had a job interview and we decided to do a little shopping after her interview. I am so excited about my purchase that I have to share it with you all.... I bought a pair of brown, close to knee high, Nine West boots.... Yes I am aware that it is still summer, BUT.... I bought them for $10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that? Amazing. Ten bucks for Nine West boots. Bring on Fall!!!


I know I promised a picture or two from our beach trip so here they are!


Hubs and I at the putt putt golf course

Surfer

Relaxing on the beach


Hubs eating his crab legs at the seafood buffet overlooking the ocean




Us at the hotel

Thursday, July 23, 2009

So Long Beach, Hello Reality

We're back from the beach! :( We had a great time relaxing on the sand, walking down the beach, eating a seafood dinner buffet outside overlooking the ocean, drinking coffee on the balcony listening to the waves crash on the beach.... ahhhhh. Now it's back to reality. I met with my second grade team yesterday and things are in full swing for the fall. I have a LOT of work to do in my classroom over the next two weeks. Hubs has sweetly offered to help me all day tomorrow! Yay! It's a little overwhelming to organize your very first classroom! But exciting none the less!

I promise I will post a picture or two from the beach but for now I have to go get ready to go cat fishing at the lake! More updates to come!!

Camping next weekend! :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thoughts on Summer

Last night we spent the afternoon/night on the lake (featured in the picture from my previous post) cat fishing! Hubs, his grandpa, and I all went out to the lake to relax and fish. Since you do this kind of fishing at night we didn't end up leaving the lake until almost two a.m.! Hubs and I finally got home around 4 this morning and went directly to sleep... we slept until about 10:30 but both woke up with headaches from lack of sleep. Ibuprofen, coffee, bacon, and zucchini bread cured my headache! :)

I will be cleaning all day today... I hate to come home to a messy house after vacation so I am trying to get everything taken care of today because we leave bright and early for the beach in the morning! Finally! So bring on the laundry, dishes, vacuuming, and car cleaning!

In other news, I have finished teaching summer school! Yay! My kindergartners are officially first graders now. It's been an interesting four weeks. I enjoyed it but I'm glad it's over. I need a few days to sleep, relax, and get my life organized before I start teaching this fall. I'm so excited to finally have my own classroom and second grade is going to be so much fun!

To change the subject yet again, I want to discuss my mixed emotions regarding summer. Now that I am a teacher I love being off in the summer and will look forward to it every year, but I'm not a summer person. My parents have a pool but swimming isn't my favorite thing (too much work afterwards, shower, the redo of hair and make up, etc). I'm fair skinned so I don't spend hours baking in the sun, and the bugs are so gross in the summer. I get a thousand bug bites every time I take the dogs out to play. Not to mention the gross tick I found in my head after a cookout a few weeks ago. I live in the mountains so I am ready for the leaves to turn colors and hiking weather to kick in. I love the atmosphere in the fall, the smell of hot chocolate (or coffee in my case), pumpkin patches, scarves and sweaters, trout fishing, leaves falling... ahhh. Bliss. Bring on fall.... well, uh, bring on fall AFTER my beach trip! :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Countdown Begins!!

Well only 4 days of teaching summer school to go! Yes!! To celebrate hubs and I decided to steal away to the beach for 3 days and 2 nights! We are very excited for this much needed quality time trip. Life has been hectic and exhausting and I can't wait to smell the salty air, hear the waves crashing on the beach, and feel the sand between my toes! :) We leave Sunday morning for this beautiful destination:

Long walks on the beach here we come! :) A week and a half after we return we will be spending 3 days and 2 nights here:
Bring on the bliss!!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Faith

I went to the early service at church this morning so that I would have most of the day to get things done around the house and in my classroom. Our pastor wasn't there today so someone else delivered the message. Our pastor has been focusing on doubt in this series of sermons so the guest pastor also focused on doubt. He quoted CS Lewis during the message and it really struck me... Here is the quote(and please take the time to read it b/c it really is interesting! I know CS Lewis can be difficult to understand and he often speaks way over my head, but this is good!):

"Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods “where they get off,” you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.

The first step is to recognise the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and church-going are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?"

The point that I am taking from all of this is that faith isn't an emotion and often our emotions/moods get equated with our faith. When we go through tough times in life we doubt our faith in God... but CS Lewis is saying that we need to learn the difference between our emotions (ie. sadness, depression, etc) and our faith in God. Christianity is my belief in God, my faith. My faith should not be equated with my emotions. But isn't it easy to equate emotions/moods with our faith? I hope I'm making sense. CS Lewis put it much more eloquently than I did! It's also a reminder (a much needed reminder) that I need to spend more time with God every day. Actually Melissa's post got me thinking about how much time I spend online everyday and (as much as I am ashamed to admit it) it is much more time than I spend with God everyday..... So those are things that I am working on right now... Spending more time with God and learning to differentiate between my moods and my faith.

Hope everyone is having a blessed weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Beach Planning

This week has been busy. I've been teaching summer school until noon and then spending some time putting my classroom (for the regular school year) together. Let me tell you... it.is.overwhelming. To go into a classroom that has boxes stacked to the ceiling filled with books/manipulatives/supplies/old stuff from retired teachers/binders filled with stuff I don't know what to do with/etc. is overwhelming. I have been trying to take it one box at a time and only work for an hour or so each day so that I don't get frustrated. It's very exciting though! I can't wait to begin the school year.... but I am very grateful that I get 2.5 weeks off to relax before I officially have to start back for the fall. August 6th is new teacher orientation. I'm sure I'll work in my classroom during the 2 and a half weeks I'm off but it will be on my time and I can go and come as I please so it will still sort of feel like I'm not working.

Hubs and I are in the process of planning a VA Beach/OBX trip for next Sunday. The last day of summer school is Friday so we are planning to possibly leave on Saturday or Sunday and stay one night in VA Beach and 2 nights in the Outer Banks. I can't wait to steal away with him on a relaxing beach trip. Ahhhhh... I can't wait!

Tonight I went to dinner with some of my best friends (these girls have been my best friends since our high school days) and I had a really nice time. We are all married or in the process of wedding planning, buying houses, starting new careers, and thinking about the "B" word... BABIES. Haha. It was great to catch up... life is too busy and we don't get together as often as we would like. I'm not sure what I have planned for tomorrow but sleeping in is high on my list! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Family, Friends, Food, Fireworks = Fun

Well this weekend has turned out to be pretty eventful! Hubs and I went to dinner at Red Lobster on Thursday to celebrate my masters. Friday we went to a cookout out in the sticks. I'm talking turkey houses(with no turkeys mind you, I didn't have to endure that smell!), cow fields, and woods... fried chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, and chips! Of course there were two games of corn hole set up! It was a good time... minus the tick that I found in my head when I got home. Bleh.

Saturday I went to a yard sale and bought the hubby some tools. After that we went to my parents house for a cookout. Hubs' family came too so it was nice to have the mix of our families together! The weather was great... the kids, hubs, and his grandpa swam in the pool while everyone else socialized. The food was awesome! After the cookout we came home and relaxed for a few hours and then we went to Staunton to listen to a band and watch the fireworks. Overall it has been a very nice weekend!

I hope to spend today getting the rest of my life back to normal... laundry, cleaning, organizing... grocery shopping? :) Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

I am finished with my masters!! :)

Hello friends! :) I'm back! I have survived the stress of graduate school! Yay! Now I can be a normal person again. No longer a student... just a wife and teacher! :)

Life has been crazy the past six weeks. Between two summer grad school classes and teaching summer school... I.am.so.exhausted. But now I have 3 days of bliss. No papers, units, or lesson plans to write. Thank goodness. This weekend is going to be fun! I am going to head over to my parents house to relax in the pool for awhile and then the hubs and I are going to a cookout this afternoon. Tomorrow we are having a huge poolside cookout at my parents house. My dad's side of the family comes over and we invited hubs' family over too. Hopefully the weather is nice! We will probably go watch the fireworks in Staunton tomorrow night.

I was able to go see my classroom a few weeks ago and will be taking hubs to see it this afternoon! I have sooooooooo much work to do to get it ready for my 2nd graders! Summer school is almost over... 2 more weeks and I am finished!! Then I have 2 and a half weeks before I start working again... yes new teacher orientation is August 6th and we work everyday up until the students come back! Hopefully in that two week break hubs and I can make it down to OBX to relax at the beach. Busy life! Hope everyone is doing well!