Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One of those not-so-wonderful days...

Ever have a day where you just don't feel happy? Today is one of those days. I am sitting here asking myself why I took so much on this year. I am enjoying the grade levels I am teaching, but it is always so much work when you start teaching something new. The yearbook is a ton of work and is stressing me out. Then, I have two masters classes I am taking through MU. So far they aren't too bad...almost feel more like an annoyance. I have so much to do and so much going on that we haven't had time to go grocery shopping (so eating out a lot and feeling like a gigantic cow) and the house is a horrible mess. When will I ever find time to clean it up? I don't want to live in a mess, but I just don't have time. When I do have some free time, I am so exhausted that I don't want to do anything. It is only the first day of September and I am already feeling stressed to the max. How can I make this better?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Some Things I Have Learned!

This last Saturday was my 10-year high school reunion and I definitely learned a few things from it.
1. People don't change, at least not in a 10-year period. The same cliques formed right away and no one intermingled. The stuck up people were still stuck up. The quiet ones were still quiet (that would be me!). I don't know why I was surprised. I guess I thought it would be like what you see in the movies...everyone talks to pretty much everyone else because now you are not classified into stupid stereotypical groups. Unfortunately, that is exactly what it was like. My husband even said it was, and I quote, "too high schooley" for him.
2. Even though people change, I learned that I should not have cared about it feeling like high school and I should have tried to talk to people regardless if they gave me a dirty look or if they actually had a conversation with me. I regret not trying to talk to people and I regret going back to that shy wallflower that I was in high school. That isn't me anymore. Why did I fall back into that shy, scared girl I once was? Ugh...
3. The people I wanted to really see from high school either didn't attend or they are the good friends that I still have from high school today. Leaving the reunion and going out with those who I know I love and will always be my best friends was the best part of the night. We had such a great time and I need to hang out with all of them much more!
4. My husband is awesome! I didn't want to make him go to the reunion at all. I know it had to be uncomfortable not knowing anyone and, even though he didn't go to my high school, going back to that feeling of being in high school (what a yucky feeling), but because our original plans fell through, he was a champ and went. He was amazing! He ordered our food and drinks and let me converse with people I hadn't seen for a long time. What a man! (Whatta man, whatta man, whatta man, whatta might good man--sorry, just went back to my middle school days.)
5. And, finally, I stressed way too much about my outfit for the night. I just didn't know what to wear, but I ended up loving it and will definitely wear it again.

I have also learned a few other items lately...nothing to do with my reunion...just with life and the way people are:
1. The majority of the time, the father is going to be the more stern disciplinarian in a family. Not always, but most of the time. I know it isn't fair to my husband or any other father out there, but, unfortunately, you are the ones with the deeper voices and stronger presences. It is the same in teaching...male teachers are usually more scary than we female teachers. You are just more intimidating than us and I don't know how to ever change it or make it so mothers and fathers are completely equal in the discipline area.
2. It is difficult for people to change. I guess this can relate to what I learned from my high school reunion, but it is something I see in many ways. Once people get in a groove, they stick with it. Sometimes you have to try and make a little bit of an effort to make you, others, or both a bit happier.
3. Being a parent is the hardest job one can ever have. It is also the most rewarding! However, trying to discipline your child, teach your child what they need to know, just try to raise your child to be the best person they can be is tough. I thought teaching obstinate middle schoolers was difficult. Being a parent is much harder!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Book Club

I finally got the book club started! I think I just needed a good name before I could begin. Luckily, I had three great suggestions given to me and I let people give their input as to the best one. So, Read Between the Lines Book Club has now officially begun. We are working on selecting our first book, and I am super excited to start reading. It's really cool because others seem to be really excited about it, too. Not just me, for once! Not only do the people that have joined my book club seem happy, but others who have heard about it think it is cool and are considering starting their own chapter. Wow! I may have begun a trend! Awesome! 

Okay, I have to stop. I am using way too many exclamation points.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Finally time to write...

Well, I haven't posted in awhile. It isn't really that I haven't had much to say, more that I have been super busy and haven't had time to sit down and write. I figured I had some time right now, so here it goes...

I have been thinking a lot lately about three more things I am passionate about and what I am doing as a result of those three things. Let's go least important to most important and save the best for last. The first thing is reading. I LOVE to read, but sometimes it is hard to find time to just sit down and do it. There are so many things we need to do around our house (it got away from us during the end of the school year) and there is just a lot going on. Anyway, in order to help get me motivated to read, I am going to start a book club. I have wanted to be in a book club for a long time. Something about reading a good book, discussing it with friends, and having a nice glass of wine sounds like a fabulous time to me. I try to share what I read with Josh, but most of the time the stuff I read he isn't that interested in, so I think it would be best to start a book club. I hear it is a lot of work, but I am going to try to get it all figured out in the next few weeks, somehow choose a book, and then plan our first book club meeting. Even though there is quite a bit to plan, there is a good amount of interest, so it won't just be me talking to myself! :-)

The next thing I am really getting into is church. Growing up we didn't go to church very often, but every once in awhile there would be a time where I would get really involved in the youth group or I would go to Impact at Word of Life. This involvement would come and go, and I never really felt home at a church. Well, we started going to Riverside and I really enjoy it. I have never felt so comfortable and every Sunday I honestly feel that the message is directed right at me. It is really nice to finally feel good about a church and I truly believe it helps bring my family closer. I know that this has been one of the best decisions that I have made and I love having a stronger relationship with God. My life just feels better!!!!!

Last, but certainly not least (remember, this is ordered least to most important) is my family! I have always been passionate about my family. I know, most people are, but I am VERY protective when it comes to my family. I always have been and always will be. If I ever feel one of my family members is being attacked or in a difficult situation, I am always trying to find some way to help them out. Family is one of my top priorities. I always want to hang out with them no matter what day or time it is. I want to enjoy their company and show them how much I appreciate every single one of them. It is great to have support and give support, and that's what I try to do. We hang out with my family more than anyone else. It seems sometimes that we don't have as many friends as we used to, but when I really think about it, my family are my friends. We do everything together. My family is so important to me that I am always trying to figure out how to be a better mother and wife. Sometimes I feel that I am struggling, but I am always doing what I can to improve.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


One thing I really enjoy is trying new wines. Lately I have been stuck on various Pinot Noirs. So, I figured I could give a little opinion on various wines I try.

First off, I absolutely LOVE Robert Mondavi's Private Selection Pinot Noir. So, if you are looking for a good Pinot Noir, I absolutely, positively suggest that one. It has a little bit of a sweeter flavor, but not too sweet at all. It is not dry and it has a good, rich flavor. It pairs very well with chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

Last night we tried Fetzer Pinot Noir. It was way too dry for my taste. I wasn't a big fan of it, but if that is what you prefer, try it. You may like it.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Opposite Sex and Romance

Men...why is it so difficult to figure out that we need a little bit of romance once in awhile? We aren't asking for an expensive get away with chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, and rose petals all over the bed. Sure, that is nice, but we know it isn't realistic. Plus, it is very predictable. We want to be surprised and what I mean by surprised is to do something for us that you wouldn't normally do, get out of your comfort zone a little, and surprise us on just the average day. Don't wait until Valentine's Day to be romantic. That is so cliche.

I can say that I am lucky enough to have a husband that has been known to be pretty romantic. (Sure, I could definitely go for more, but who gets tired of feeling special? I don't!) This is more toward other men that I know. Your wives and girlfriends would be a lot happier if you just surprised them once in awhile. Show them that you ARE thinking about them, how much they mean to you, and how much you appreciate them for all that they do. That's all we want!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ahhh...I have always wanted to do a blog, but it is taking so long to get it to look how I want. I am still not happy with it and am OBSESSING about it!