Thursday, February 12, 2015

a walk in the park

Look at those happy faces.

Saturday was one of those fifty-something degree days before the bitter cold hit again, so we loaded up and headed to the park.  Still working on the whole leash training thing, so while these look like pleasant pictures, I was holding tight and fierce to them, trying to reign them in.  We'll get there.

I am so stinkin' excited about this weekend.  It'll be TWO date nights in a row for Hubby and I.  Friday we're staying in, making dinner, and renting a movie (my favorite kind of date), and Saturday we are attending a formal dinner to support a local cause.  There will be dancing.  There will be lots of dancing.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

taking stock 03

Cooking: chili
Drinking: grape Gatorade
Reading: Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
Wanting: my hair to be long again :(
Looking: for new and easy dinner recipes (isn't everyone?)
Playing: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack
Wishing: for SNOW!!!
Enjoying: snuggling on the couch under blankets with my dogs in the evenings
Waiting: anxiously to meet and hug our new niece Hannah from China!!!!!!!  :) :) :) :)
Planning: lessons and our upcoming Night of Worship
Liking: Person of Interest, Trivia Crack
Wondering: about everything
Loving: my church
Hoping: for SNOW!!
Marveling: at Tina and Amy's opening monologue from last night's Golden Globes... love that pair!
Needing: to allow myself to have a little more fun at school with my kids... to be sillier with them.
Smelling: fried bacon from last night's meal and some other weird things outside... (ahhh... living next to a farm)
Wearing: my favorite grey sweater, black skinnies, and toboggan
Following: anything hippie or boho on Pinterest
Noticing: some extra lines around my eyes... not that I mind.  I like looking "distinguished."
Knowing: that I am extremely, undoubtedly, and most certainly blessed in my life
Thinking: about nothing... when I get home from teaching I'm pretty sure my brain shuts off.
Bookmarking: camel colored long wool coats
Opening: new skin care samples the nice lady at Estee Lauder gave me
Giggling: at Indy and Huck, of course... Indy is chasing Huck around the living room and Huck is refusing to let him have his toy.
Feeling: pretty excited to be in bed by 9:00 tonight!!  5 a.m., I'll be ready for you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

happy new year from me and my granny blazer

Target blazer, local boutique scarf, Old Navy jeans, Kohl's boots, F21 bag

Hey, it's a blog post.

Good to be back.  After school Christmas concert madness, Christmas prep, holiday travels and sickness, we resurrected today into the sunshine for a few photos (however, don't be fooled, it wasn't even thirty degrees while these photos were taken).  About this blazer...  It was one of two things I bought for myself on Black Friday.  I thought it was a great find.  Count on my husband to give his two cents and mutter something about a grandma...

This scarf, which pretty much goes with anything, was something I picked out as a birthday gift from my mom to me.  I like that it's warm and soft, but not too overpowering like many winter scarfs can be.

And I couldn't resist including this last one... Just to say, not every photo my husband takes is perfect.  Sometimes I'm not ready.  And then I import them all afterwards and run across a beauty like this and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Happy New Year to you and yours, and have a blessed 2015.  :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

sundry thoughts

On a recent trip to the zoo, galavanting with animals.  Meet Minnie Meerkat and Koby Kangaroo.

At the beginning of the new school year, my most challenging classes were 6th grade.  For one, they are HUGE classes and there's barely enough room for them all.  Secondly, they're just difficult.  Like, pull my hair out, scream into a pillow difficult.  BUT the tables turned a few weeks ago when we took a break from Christmas music and I played "Say Something" by A Great Big World while we sang it together.  All of a sudden I had their attention like never before.  Why?  Because I showed them I cared enough to connect with their current culture.  It made me think of church and why it is so important to do the same… Wearing jeans, having an upbeat band, serving coffee and donuts, etc. shows guests that we are right there with them… that church is not about tradition or dressing nice or organs (though none of those things are bad in themselves), but that it's about reaching people where they are and leading them to the gospel of Christ and the community of God.  I am so thankful to be a part of a ministry that does this so well.  And I'm very thankful to be in a different place with my sixth graders than I was in August.  Today in fact, we were singing through "Let There Be Peace on Earth," one of their songs for our upcoming Christmas program, and I thought I might cry at the end of it.  They were realllly singing.  And this precious boy - one of the biggest guys in the class is singing a solo... "..With God as our father, brothers all are we.  Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony."  Goodness... they might have just yet found their way to my heart.

On a completely unrelated note, it is currently twenty-five degrees outside.  Considering it was about seventy degrees a few days ago, it's a bit of a shock to the system.  The last couple days I've been waiting a few extra seconds before walking in the door of my house so that I can feel the cold for longer and think about how it must feel for those who don't have the warmth of a home to go to.  I'm so thankful for our home.  It's small and there are plenty of things about it that I'd love to change, but it's beautiful.  I mean, really, sitting here in the glow of our Christmas tree... It's a warm, beautiful home.  I'm really just writing this for me... So that perhaps the next time I'm feeling sorry for myself because we only have one bathroom, I might run across this post and remember that I am warm, safe, and thankful.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

read of the month

I actually finished this one a while back, but kept forgetting to share.

I rarely read these days just for pure pleasure and entertainment.  Typically I'm reading something to strengthen me spiritually or educationally.  Every now and then I think it's nice to read something just for enjoyment - something that takes me away for a bit - like I did when I was a kid.

My friend let me borrow this one.  It's a mystery novel written from the detective's dog's perspective.  It's clever, funny, and suspenseful.  A great read.  Quinn has a series of these, but I've only read this one so far.

Monday, October 6, 2014

a perfect day

H&M sweater, Old Navy jeans, Kohl's boots, JC Penney hat

I could live in sweaters, jeans, and boots.  This sweater from H&M is perfection... I'm tempted to get another color!

Saturday was one of those completely perfect days.  We slept in, had a big breakfast, lounged around watching shows and movies for most of the day, went outside a few times with the dogs, ordered pizza, and ended the day with s'mores over the fire pit.  It was heavenly.  I'm so glad I'm married to someone who not only knows how to kick back and relax, but sees it as important.  In a culture of workaholics, I feel pretty lucky to have a guy who relishes in vegging out from time to time like I do.

So here's to fall weather, cozy sweaters, campfires, and sleep.

Friday, October 3, 2014

hats and such

Ever since I discovered a hat that would fit my big head, I have been looking for a lighter tan version.  Below are a few inspiration pics, along with some hair accessories I might or might not be brave enough to try...

Is anyone else excited about the dropping temperatures?  This morning when I left for work, it still felt like summer.  This evening when I walked outside with the dogs, I was met by a cold wind and the need for a coat.  The urge to bundle up by a fire and cook s'mores inevitably followed.