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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Waiting

My life is filled with waiting.... I'm waiting on several different things in life right now and as they are revealed to me, I'll reveal them to you. God is teaching me a lot in this waiting period. I'm not a very patient person but I am learning to rely on Him through this time and He is using it to grow my faith and to draw me closer to Him. It's a tough lesson to learn and it hurts at times. I just keep reminding myself that God is in control and every time that I've felt restless or like I should do something to move things along in life, God has slowed me down. He speaks to me and seems to be telling me to "wait." I find inspiration in your blogs and here are two blogs that have helped me find patience and comfort in all this waiting.

Jennifer at The LaJeunesse Family posted a poem that really made me think and begin to appreciate my situation.

Amy at Our Journey...Together... also wrote a great post on waiting.

Check out their blogs! Thanks for those blog posts friends... You have reminded me to be patient in the waiting!
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gyms, Schools, and Kitchens, Oh my!

Friday was an absolutely gorgeous day here in Virginia! The temperature topped out close to 80 degrees! Spring fever? No... summer fever! 53 days of school, 2 work days that follow, and I am off for the summer! Who's counting, right? Yesterday I spent the day in Richmond at hubs' softball tournament and my face got so sunburnt... who remembers to wear sunscreen in March? Apparently not me! Oh well... I needed some sun on my pale dry winter face. =) I tried a Cardio Sculpt class at the gym on Thursday (think boot camp with abs, a barbell with weight on both ends, 2 dumbbells, a platform, and a mat for push-ups). Needless to say I was sore before I even left the class! Sad story! My leg muscles have never hurt so bad.... we did so many squats with that barbell behind our necks, and factor in all the running, jumping, and other cardio exercises that we did in addition to all the curls, squats, push-ups, sit ups, etc... and you have one painful recovery. Seriously... I ran all summer last year... all summer and into the fall, anywhere from 2-3 miles five days a week and my legs never once felt like they do right now. It was killer. Monday is Power Sculpt (which I am assuming is just the exercises with the weights and no cardio) but I don't know if my muscles will be able to handle it. I'm still pretty sore. I missed Pilates on Saturday (not because I was sore, but because I was out of town) and there are several other classes I want to try at the gym this week. I really want to try TurboKick on Friday nights... I hear it's an awesome class. I'm gonna go with hubs to the gym this week and try to establish a routine of my own (outside of the classes).
Speaking of classes.... I'm thinking about taking classes to get my Early Childhood Special Education endorsement. I have gone back and forth with this for over a year now. To teach preschool in Virginia (VPI and Head Start combined in our school district) you are supposed to have your ECSE endorsement. (Note: I'm talking about the preschool that is in a regular elementary school, not private or daycare type preschools.) I am leaning towards doing this because I really want to teach PreK or Kindergarten. I am really interested in working with the younger kids. I would love to be able to watch the kids learn through play and hands-on experience with things. I would love to be their first teacher and help them transition into a school setting. Second grade is fast paced and the focus is moving towards test taking skills (since the Standards of Learning are taken in 3rd grade) and teaching skills like 2 digit subtraction with regrouping isn't as fun to me as teaching letter names and sounds. I don't know. I've been wrestling with these thoughts for awhile now. I just love how much growth is shown in PreK and K, both academically and socially. I'll keep you posted on what I decide to do, I know you are gripping your seats in suspense!
Moving on... hubs and I have decided that our summer project is going to be a kitchen remodel! When we bought our house last year, hubs agreed that eventually we would replace the ugly stark white ceramic tile with something more neutral and less bright. We also hope to replace the countertops... So our summer project is going to involve demolishing one ceramic tile floor and putting in a much more neutral ceramic tile floor. Stark white tile = very visible dog paw prints and any type of fuzz, dirt, dust, dog hair, grass, etc that can be brought in on feet or paws. I can't wait to get started!
Whew. Have a great week!

Monday, March 14, 2011

We finally....

....joined a gym!! I have to say... I do love our gym. The owners know everyone by name and that's pretty rare. The trainers are friendly and encouraging... I've taken three classes so far: stretching, yoga, and pilates. I love love love pilates. I mean yes, it's a total ab killer but it's fun and stress relieving. I have attended the past two Saturdays.. I'm hoping they continue to offer it during the summer so that I can go to the Monday morning class too. In the meantime I have a Pilates DVD at home that I can use during the week. I am also planning on trying the TurboKick class, possibly Kickboxing, maybe Cycling, and if I feel really crazy... Body Sculpt. Haha. I haven't decided which classes I want to add to my weekly gym routine. Once I get a feel for the classes I can decide which ones I like and set up a schedule.
In other news:
-I'm definitely looking forward to Friday.. highs in the mid 70's... bring it on.
-57 days of school left! =)
-One of my best friends had her baby this past Saturday! She is soooooo precious.
-I got to love on my new niece this past Sunday... she is so cute with her dark hair and chubby cheeks! Baby fever. Haha!
-I can't wait to watch The Bachelor tonight... I'm pretty sure he is going to pick Emily!
Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Great Weekend!

This weekend has been great! After work on Friday I got a much needed hair cut. It feels soooo much better. My hair was getting so long! Then hubs and I went to the movies, which we haven't done in forever! We saw Just Go With It. Overall it was a good movie... it held my attention and was pretty funny. On Saturday morning, I got up and attended a Pilates class at a local gym. I loved it! My abs are still feeling the effects this morning! Hubs and I have decided to join this gym.... I'm mostly interested in the classes... I'm planning on going to several this week including, a stretching class and a yoga class, and possibly a Turbo Kick or Kickboxing class. I also plan on attending Pilates every Saturday morning! My posture is terrible and I need all the help I can get strengthening my lower back, abs, and shoulders. We also had our taxes done yesterday and learned that we are getting a refund! So thankful for that blessing! Today we are going to hang out with hubs' family. His Nan is cooking us a birthday dinner... she also made Applebee's Blondie for dessert! Yum. Tomorrow is a teacher work day... so I will spend my evening grading some papers, averaging grades, and posting responses for a book club that I'm doing for recertification points. I am getting more and more anxious for summer break. Hope your weekend was as great as mine! =)
Sidenote: I'm still feeling very unsettled about a lot of things that are going on in life right now (more on that later). Your prayers would be much appreciated!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Up In The Air

I haven't been motivated to blog lately! I'm sorry... I've hit that time of year again... when everything is up in the air... This is the time of year when all teachers start daydreaming about summer and even counting down (62 school days). It's also the time of year when budgets are being reviewed, decisions about who is teaching which grade level next year are made, and for hubs and I, we are reflecting on being a year older (my birthday was Monday, his is today!). I have tons of stuff on my mind but nothing that I can really blog about at this point. I need some time to sort it all out and then I'll hopefully blog about it all.
In other news, instead of getting each other birthday presents, we decided to get a gym membership. Our plan is to join on Friday and go on Saturday morning. I am going to take a Pilates class on Saturdays, and a stretching class, followed by Yoga on Thursdays. I will probably add some spin classes or kickboxing to my schedule but to start out with my main concern is better posture, flexibility, and some light toning. Wish me luck! =) Have a great weekend!