Friday, August 31, 2007

FOOTBALL TIME!!!!!!!

This weekend officially marks the beginning of college football season and I couldn't be more excited! OU plays tomorrow at 6 p.m. against North Texas. The plan for Beth and I tomorrow is to sleep in, wake up, and watch football!! Did I mention order pizza? Of course you gotta have pizza on the first football Saturday of the year!!! I'm sad to say the UT is not on tv tomorrow so Beth won't be able to watch her little longhorns. She'll have to cheer them on in spirit. BOOMER SOONER!!!

Wedding Time

The wedding website that Beth posted the other day has the incorrect time listed for our wedding. Although we don't have a definite time yet, the wedding will be in the evening. No worries, our wedding won't be at 12 a.m. like it says. Since Beth is the only one who knows how to update that sight, it won't be changing until she does it.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Count Your Blessings

I woke up this morning with sadness in my heart. I miss my Grandma. She was a special lady in so many ways. Losing someone is never easy, but I have come to realize in the last 24 hours that I have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to my Grandma and the relationship we had. So what I am trying to do instead of feeling sorry for myself is count my blessings. I thought I would share some of the things I'm thankful for:
--I grew up 6 blocks from my Grandparents' house.
--Growing up I would see my Grandparents almost everyday.
--My Grandma used to come and pick Andie and I up at our babysitter's house when my Mom couldn't.
--I learned a lot about cooking from watching my Grandma in the kitchen.
--My Grandma made me feel special.
--I got to live with my Grandma for an entire year(my Senior year of high school).
--Even after I went to college, I still saw my Grandma at least twice a month.
--If I ever felt like no one cared, I always knew my Grandma would.
--My Grandma took care of me.
--My Grandma would come to nearly all of my soccer games and even if she didn't have a clue what was going on, she would always tell me how great I did.
--My Grandma took care of me when I had my appendix taken out.
--My Grandma loved me and knew how much I loved her.

Instead of being sad, I need to be thankful. I had 27 amazing years with my Grandma and I will have that forever.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wedding Website

I created a wedding website for Tony and I. Click Here to link to it!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ms. Lewis is Here

I officially saw my first little 6th graders today! My school has a "camp" where the 6th graders come and spend 5 minutes in each of their classes to get their schedule down and figure out the classes they are going to and where they are located in the building. About half of each of my classes showed up, but I was just excited to actually see them. The past week has been all about in-service and all these other meetings and I'm just ready to get started already.

I have to admit I was pretty nervous when those kids were sitting under Ms. Lewis's name and I hear them saying "I'm looking for Ms. Lewis." So fun! They are so little, but I'm sure by the end of the year they will all have grown a ton and will be too cool. But for now, they are the newbies to the school and are anxious about being in middle school. Hmm...sounds like how I've been feeling too. I think I can relate, this year at least.

All I had to do today was present a PowerPoint show about the school and where things are, key people, etc. I have always done presentations to adults or my teachers, so it was a different feeling being the teacher and talking to young kids. I don't think it will take long for me to get used to it though. By my 3rd class I was already feeling much more confident. I can't wait for Monday to see the rest of them!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What's My Deal?

I haven't been doing a very good job lately of keeping up with the blog. For some reason I just haven't felt too connected to it. I'm not really sure why, but I haven't really felt too connected to much of anything. It's not that I'm unhappy with anything specifically. I mean geez, I have a lot to be happy about. I'm getting married in less than a year!!! I've got a smokin' hot fiance! The date is set. The location is set. Beth and I are going to Italy in exactly four months! So what's the problem? That's a great question. And I just don't know.

For one, I think I'm really bothered by the fact that my Grandmother, who I grew up living down the street from, is terminally ill. My Mom is up in Oklahoma right now taking care of her. Once cancer reaches your liver, I guess things aren't looking too good. I wish I could be there, but things just aren't that simple. I had the privilege of growing up just a few blocks from my Grandparents. I would see them nearly everyday and they were there for nearly every major event in my life. I wouldn't trade that for anything.

Man, I wish I would have known then what I know now. I would have taken advantage of spending so much time with my Grandparents. I would have made sure that I got every ounce of knowledge from my Grandpa before he passed away. But that was 11 years ago. I was 16 and honestly, didn't really care. I was too worried about myself and what my friends were doing on Friday night. Luckily for me, my Grandpa taught me more than I ever really knew at the time. Most of which is what has made me into who I am today.

The same holds true for my Grandmother. I have learned a lot from her as well. She's been through a lot. She's lost two sons, both of her parents, and her husband in the past 20 years. Life's not fair. I probably would have given up a long time ago. But she hasn't. The same woman who depended on my Grandpa for nearly everything through their 40 plus years of marriage, has become this incredibly independent person in the past 11 years. With everything stacked against her and all of her losses, she has persevered. And she has loved. And no matter how sad she has been or how bad of a day she was having, she always made me feel important and special. And I'm grateful. I'm grateful for what she has taught me and I'm grateful that I've been able to recognize it. Now I guess it's my turn to take what I've learned and use it in my life. Keep going. Life's not fair, it's not easy, but keep going. I sure am glad my Grandmother kept going because if she hadn't, I wouldn't have learned what I know now. Thanks Grandma.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A New House??

Beth and I's search for a house continues. We actually found a really great house in a nice neighborhood this past weekend. And the the key thing is, it's in our price range!!!! The house is located on FM 2920 which is about 20 minutes north of downtown Houston. We really like this area b/c it's close to a lot of different things and also close to The Woodlands. We toured the model house and really liked it. Now we are just trying to figure out if there is another floor plan that we may like better. Beth's parents are going with us this weekend to check it out and i'll be interested to see what they say. It typically takes about 4 and a half months for them to build so we would be looking at probably a March move in date or so. With the wedding scheduled for next summer, we're really not in a huge hurry. We'll see what happens!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Things Change So Quickly

Not too long after writing yesterday did Tony find a website completely bashing the builder of the neighborhood we had been looking at. These were not small things either...people being pressured to close before their house was done, cracks in the house, water under the foundation because the lot wasn't leveled correctly, etc. These horror stories were enough to make us change our minds about the house we had been thinking of. It was kind of sad and disappointing though because it seemed like such a great option for us. But we have now resigned ourselves to the fact that we will continue to look for the perfect house for us in the perfect (or ok) location. With it being our first house, we know we probably can't get exactly what we want but it's not worth having a crappy house built by a builder with a bad reputation either. It might just be a little smaller and/or older.

We really aren't in a rush to find something either. I just have to try and stay positive because I was so not impressed with what we saw on our first outing looking at houses. I think our budget has gone up, and I just get frustrated when I don't find something I like right away. Luckily, Tony is Mr. Positive about the whole thing and he's reminding me not to get down about it because we'll find something we like sooner or later.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Searching

Last week/weekend was filled with searching. Tony and I started looking at some options for our living situation for next year because we found out that our apartment rent is going up $300 a month. Our lease runs up in November and since we're going to be getting married 8 months later, we wanted to see if we could find a house. We could always find an apartment that is less expensive, but it seems like we could pay just as much for a house every month and have a lot more space and not have to worry about moving the next year as rent goes up again. We spent a lot of time last week looking up houses for sale and found 2 we were interested in looking at. Well, we soon realized that either the house had a lot of work to do or it was in a terrible neighborhood.

We then came across a neighborhood in a great location for us with all new houses. We found out that there is actually a new house that we could afford! We ended up spending an hour looking at different floor plans and options that they offer. We even drove out to Cy-Fair yesterday to look at another floor plan. We are still thinking about this important decision, but we think it would be great to be able to build our house and choose the cabinets, carpet, tile, etc. So we'll see where this goes, but it is definitely looking like our best option at this point.

The other big thing that I've been looking for this week/weekend is my wedding dress. I can't really talk about what I'm looking for or what I've found because Tony reads this too. Email me if you'd like to know what I've found so far. My mom and I went looking on Thursday and I found 3 dresses that I liked, but wasn't sure about. Then on Saturday, my mom, Stacy, Janet, and I went shopping and I found 2 dresses that I absolutely loved. But, now it is only down to 1 dress because I found out that the other dress was the same exact one that Kristina picked. I've also looked online and found 2 other dresses I think I'd like to try on before making my final decision.

My sisters also found a bridesmaid dress, which is a miracle in itself. The two of them could not have more different taste sometimes. After trying on probably 20 - 30 different dresses, we found one! Now I just have to decide on the color!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Bored

So this is day 2 of not working this week and I am officially bored! I have cleaned the entire apartment and watched TV the past 2 days. Now that I'm done with the cleaning, I don't know what to do with myself. I'm not used to having all of this free time. I actually went out to the pool yesterday for a couple of hours by myself and read a book in the blazing heat. I do have some things that I need to do like work on my module for my teaching stuff (hey, I read 10 pages yesterday) and I could work on my scrapbook. But those are all things where you just have to sit and work on them and I'm not really in the mood to do that right now. Tony and I didn't go running yesterday so that's making me feel the need to get out and do something even more.

The other thing that is weird is that whenever I am home, Tony is home...but it's not like that this week. I actually have to find things to do because it's boring to just sit around with no one to talk to or anything. I didn't realize how used to that I am. You don't feel like such a lazy bum when you have someone being lazy with you! I know I need to enjoy this time though because once school starts, I'm going to be wishing for a week off!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Sweet Leaf Tea Bus

Tony and I worked another Sweet Leaf Tea event yesterday. We hadn't done anything in probably a month, but yesterday was a promotion at HEB that SLT was doing with 104 KRBE. They mentioned SLT on the radio and tried to get people to come out and try some tea. Anyways, the HEB manager really wanted the SLT bus to come out and sit in the parking lot during the day. SO this meant Tony & I had to bring the bus out there. Pictures are below, but let me tell you it is an old school bus with no AC and a bunch of tea in the back. The outside of the bus is "wrapped" with a whole Sweet Leaf design and it's bright blue! Top speed is 60 mph.

No need for a special bus driving license here! Tony was the privileged one who drove the bus, but I think Shippey would have died if we told him that I drove the bus. That would be an accident waiting to happen.



Friday, August 3, 2007

Running Goals

Tony and I officially signed up to run in the Houston 1/2 Marathon again this year. The 1/2 Marathon isn't until early January, but the earlier you register the less expensive it is. So we signed up on the last day before the prices went up and $60 each later we're committed. This will be our second 1/2 marathon. The first one was the year before last. I had never run that far before and it was definitely a challenge.

I couldn't get myself together as far as training goes last year. It would have been pretty bad and painful to run that distance if you haven't been training. So this year is going to be different. Tony and I consistently run between 4 and 6 miles almost everday. In a month or so we'll probably have to start doing some longer runs to get ready for the 13.1 miles! We really did have a great time running the first time around. It was a bonding experience along with all the running we did before hand. Hopefully Tony will run with me again and not leave me in the dust!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Little New to This

This week so far has been a whirl-wind experience in teaching. I only had to "work" 3 days this week and work included attending training sessions for a new textbook and style of teaching for all the middle school teachers. Having no experience with teaching and having not met any of my co-workers yet, it was a pretty good 3 days. I got to meet all the other math teachers and get a feel for what I'll be doing in a couple of weeks. Also, today I have to go sign up for my insurance benefits. Then I'm done until Aug. 16th when I have to go back for new teacher orientation.

It's been a long summer knowing that I'd be starting a new job in August and now it's finally here.

In wedding news, Tony & I have decided on a date and location for the ceremony & reception. That has been a big load off of our shoulders and now we can just take things as they come. We're also looking into photographers for our engagement and wedding photos since we probably need to do the engagement photos in a month or two. Still don't know our colors...haha! That seems to be a common question and we're open to suggestions!

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