Sunday, December 19, 2010

'Tis the Christmas Season

We don't have Internet so I get online rarely. Therefore, this is the thing that suffers. Well, everything I used to do online suffers.

Are you ready for the holidays? I wish we were on vacation already but unfortunately we go until the day before Christmas Eve. Two years ago we had two full weeks. This year a week and a day. What do you say, should we do some free days this week? Forget about the lessons I have planned... "Slack off?" I think about that but when it comes down to it, I can never do it.

Dave's gone again. He was home for Thanksgiving and the first couple of weeks of December. He's supposed to be back late on the 23rd or early the 24th. He had problems on his way there last week. A four hour drive ended up taking about 17 because of road closures and a blizzard. I'm really hoping nothing like that happens on the way home so he'll be home in time for Christmas.

Merry Christmas, all!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Politics & Mice

I might as well warn you in advance: this post is about government/politics/history. If you're not into that, maybe just skip to the bottom for a pretty humorous tale about some mice.

I generally dislike politics. I think most politicians who have been in government for more than a few years are dishonest and power-hungry. I think being in Lansing or Washington will make anyone lose (or change) their vision and their connectivity with their constituents....
Anyway. I'm happy for the *change* that's happening in our government and I'm cautiously hopeful that fresh, new faces and minds that haven't been (too) corrupted by politics can help out our state and country. Like I said, though, cautiously hopeful.

I don't usually talk about history/government on here because I don't think too many people really care about that stuff, but I'm going to add a couple more things to what I said above. In US History I've been teaching about the Great Depression and the New Deal. Have you ever heard of the book "Lies My Teacher Taught Me" or something like that? I brought that book up with my students while talking about the New Deal because I teach a side of that era that I only learned on my own, outside of any history or economics class. I feel it's really important to talk about with the students, too.
Contrary to popular opinion, President FDR (Franklin Roosevelt) did not end the Great Depression. He actually made it worse. If you made $200,000 or more during that time, your income tax was 94%. His programs caused unemployment to drop for one or two years, but then to skyrocket up to around 25%. He thought that competition caused the Great Depression, so he did his best to eliminate it. Yes, eliminate competition. During World War II he came up with some more "New Deal"-like programs that he wanted enacted once the war was over so that the Depression wouldn't continue. He drafted ideas to make government bigger and more in control of people's lives. FDR died before the end of the war and when his VP Harry Truman took over, he proposed all of FDR's ideas. FINALLY, after 12+ years of the government making the Depression continue, Congress said NO. They lowered taxes, allowed companies to make things for consumers rather than for the government, and our market returned to a free-market economy. (The framework for this free-market economy was set up in our Constitution.)
This caused the depression to end.

If you're still reading and you pay any attention to what the government has been up to over the last few years, you might think the same thing I thought. Wow, government now is remarkably similar to FDR's time. and the decisions the government made then caused the depression to last for over a decade.

Returning to what I said earlier, I'm cautiously hopeful that the new crop of lawmakers entering Washington and Lansing know the lesson of FDR's effect on the Depression and go the way of the 1946 Congress and say no to new taxes and laws that create more government control. Then we might return to a free market economy where the government isn't involved in every big (and small) business, unemployment will go down, and our economy will be doing well again.

MICE STORY
Heather's been staying with me because Dave's been working out of town. The other night Liz was over and we were making some cookies. Liz started laughing and pointing and jumped up on a chair. I looked and saw the (almost-dead) mouse sitting in the corner of the kitchen, watching us and leaped onto the counter. I admit I might've squealed a little... Heather was in the living room and wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so she ran over and promptly jumped onto another kitchen chair.
[I don't mind spiders, ants, or almost any other bug. Chipmunks don't bother me. But there's something about mice. Yuck.]
After a couple of minutes of laughing and freaking out, Liz and Heather managed to get the thing into a bucket. [It seemed dead but moved its head and blinked its eyes once or twice.] Heather threw the whole bucket out the door. Since I didn't help in getting the thing out of the house, I was in charge of retrieving the bucket. I have to say, I handled that job quite well. It was still in there and I think it was dead this time.

Fast forward ten or twenty minutes. I was packing to go out of town and had to find a bag. We've been organizing and putting things away lately so I had to look a little for the right bag. Jokingly, Liz said she'd come with me and be on the lookout for mice. I found my bag in one of the spare rooms almost right away. As I was turning around to leave the room, Liz told me to slowly walk out the door and don't look toward the rest of the room. I thought she was kidding so I looked anyway and sure enough, another mouse! This one was dead, mid-stride, in its attempt to scurry across the room. This time I helped getting it outside (but again it was mostly Liz and Heather). I think Heather and I both had a really tough time sleeping that night. Every little noise could've been another mouse. :S
You might be wondering why we these mice were dead/almost dead. Before we moved in I saw a mouse a couple of times so we've been putting Decon out. Every week or so I have to put another one out because it's gone but this was the first time I actually saw a mouse since we've been in.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Still around, sort of

We're all moved in and unpacked in our "home." Except that Dave's on his way up here right now with the contents of his house which we're renting out starting tomorrow... So it's going to be another, longer round of unpacking and organizing.

Thus continues a very busy year for us. Our goal is to be all unpacked and organized by the beginning of November and pretty much just in time for the holidays.

School's going great these days. I really love my schedule and for the most part my students are doing well.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Progress

It feels really good sitting here with a couple of minutes of free time. I looked at my computer the other day and realized I have not gone on for non-work stuff in about two weeks.
My last couple of weeks have included:
A move back to the other end of the state (home)
Getting my classroom reorganized. They painted it over the summer so everything from the walls was piled on my desk and the desks around the classroom. I had quite a bit of rearranging to do to get it back in working order (but it's there now).
Two full-day inservices.
Lesson planning like crazy.
A cousin's wedding (I got to help Liz photograph it - very fun but freezing cold outside)
Scrape, unscrew, spackle, prime, paint, repeat (many times)...
Our goal to move in is October 1 but I'm really hoping its sooner. I can't wait to unpack our things and be settled in one place for the first time since we got married. We made a lot of progress this week and if we can do the same next week, we just might be in sooner. :)
School, more lesson plans, grading, and everything that goes with being a teacher. It feels good to be done with the first week. It was fun seeing the students again and getting back into a routine but by Friday I was so exhausted (mentally and physically) it was wonderful knowing I didn't have to go back for a couple of days.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sometimes I come on here to write and I can't think of a title so I don't write a post at all.
I can't think of a title but I guess I can still update this page...

Dad's making progress. Today was a big milestone: day 15 after the initial bleed. They say the biggest risk for re-bleeds, strokes, and seizures is during the first 14 days after the initial event.
He was doing great after the initial bleed but then the stroke occurred 6 days later. That's what he's in the intense rehab program for - the stroke. His left side is weaker than his right but they're working on that in PT. His fine motor skills have been affected so he's also working on that. His balance is getting better the more he walks and does all of the exercises. He has a great PT; dad loves a challenge and he feels like every exercise his PT has him do is challenging him. His OT is going well, too. Yesterday he had a pasty for lunch and he thoroughly enjoyed it! Said it was the best food he'd had the whole time he's been at the hospital. We brought him one today too.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by for a visit, called, texted, sent cards, and posted messages on the care page. The outpouring of support has been tremendous and so comforting during these difficult weeks.


I can hardly believe it but school's about to start again. WHERE did this summer go? I'll be spending most of next week in my classroom getting it (and my lessons!) ready for students on September 7th. Also we have teacher inservices so those are always busy days.
On the last day of school in June the students said "This is your last day as Miss H! Next year you'll be Mrs. K!" That's about to be a reality; I'm now a Mrs.

I have so many ideas running through my head for things I want to do. When I think about it, I get excited for the new year; there are so many fun things to do with my students! Whenever I get excited, though, I think about all of the work ahead. We switched to block schedules and trimesters so I have to reorganize all of my lessons.

I'm up late waiting for company to get here. David, Greta, and Katz came to town today. They along with Peter are at the hospital or on their way here.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 20, 2010

tough

Stroke. Aneurysm. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. NICU. Visospasm. Angiogram.

Some of these I'd heard of, some not until this week. Now they're all words we use in every other sentence, in every conversation, in every thought.

He was doing so well. He knew he wasn't out of the woods, but he was feeling good! They scheduled another angiogram to make sure they didn't miss the aneurysm the first time through last Friday.
Things were going well all morning, they brought him down, prepped him... then something went wrong. He knew something was wrong.

Yesterday turned into the worst day of his life.

He had a stroke.
A small one
but still a stroke.

He said it was worse than even the original episode that brought him down here to the hospital in the first place (bleeding in his brain).

The prognosis is good but there's a lot he has to get through to start feeling better.

Thank you for your support, love, and prayers; we really appreciate it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

More updates

Click

HERE

for more updates on my dad and all of us here.

Thanks :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Emotional Weekend

It's been a rollercoaster of a weekend to say the least.

Thursday was as close as you can imagine to a perfect day. Family, free time, company, beautiful weather, beautiful place, enough activity to feel energized, boating, water skiing, tubing, delicious food, sauna and swimming.... and an amazing fireworks show to top it off. We were together with Greta's family, celebrating and anticipating (brother) David and Greta's upcoming wedding (Saturday!).
Many times that day I looked over at (my husband) Dave and asked if life really was that good, if it could get any better.

It didn't last.

Friday morning my dad and brothers went to the golf course and a little while later I got a phone call that they brought my dad to the Emergency Room and there would be more details later. We went to the hospital to see him and found out some of what was going on... more people showed up... results came in... plans were made to fly him to the best neurology center in the state ASAP... lots of hugs, tears, prayers, phone calls to family members.... more visitors... and then goodbye to my dad and mom. An ambulance picked them up to bring them to the airport.

Meanwhile, David and Greta's wedding festivities. Rehearsal went great, dinner was lots of fun, followed by lots of laughs at her party. I hear his party was lots of fun too. In the midst of this we were glued to our cellphones to make sure we didn't miss out on an update.

Saturday morning and no new news but at that point it was good news.

The wedding on Saturday was beautiful and fun! Much of it was bittersweet because I kept looking for my mom and dad. I know it was really really tough for them to not be there. Everyone there was so supportive; we all really felt the love and support from our family and friends there.
Dave (my husband) video-taped the wedding. That was my dad's one request as he was being brought to the ambulance.

Most of us drove to see mom and dad today. He's looking great! It's a subarachnoid hemorrhage and he'll be here for at least fourteen days. The first 14 days after this have high risks so they have to monitor him very closely. They're doing everything they can to help him so we are hoping and praying for a full recovery within the next few weeks.

Thank you to everyone for your support, love, and prayers. Continue to keep us in your prayers.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Changing modes already?

The past two nights I've had dreams about school. The kind where class is starting and I'm not ready and it takes half of the hour to figure out what's going on and the kids are getting loud, etc. That has never happened in real life but that's pretty much what kind of bad dreams I have. I still have four weeks until school starts so I'm not quite ready for my mind to be switching from vacation mode to school mode. Ahh!

Going up north tomorrow! David and Greta are getting married on Saturday and it should be lots of fun! I'm really looking forward to seeing all of my family. When everyone was up for my wedding I didn't get to see them a whole lot because I was so busy with wedding stuff.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fb, reunion, new hobby




I uploaded a whole big photo album of wedding pictures to facebook so if you want to see some, check it out on there...

In other news, we were home last weekend for Dave's family reunion and oh, was it fun! We got there on Thursday and stayed in town until Tuesday - what a great weekend! Lots of family fun outside, camping, visiting, bonfires, a very successful auction, volleyball, visiting, baseball, swimming, sauna & swimming, boating, water skiing, visiting, the best lake in the world :)
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I may have picked up a new hobby. Dave's working long days in Canada (again) so I decided to come up with something new to do. I walked around Michaels for about an hour, checking out some of my options and left the store with a set of oil pastels and a sketch pad. I was in art class in high school and really enjoyed it but I'm not an artist so I haven't done anything like it since then. I have tons of free time right now so we'll see what comes of it.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This is what we've been up to lately

When we got back from our trip we had to pack our bags again and head out of town for Dave's work. We've been in a suburb of Toronto since July 14th, although last weekend Dave had Sunday off so we went home for a night and got to visit with some people. That was really nice.

Besides that, we had a fire alarm one night at our hotel. and the following morning at 6:05am.

Niagara Falls is a short drive away so one evening after I finished the last of my schoolwork for the summer (Yea!!) we drove down there to check out the falls. I'd been there but just on the American side so I figured it was going to be cool checking them out from the Canadian side. If you've ever gone, the American side is a state park, there's free parking, trails to walk, etc. It's really nice. On the Canadian side, it's one big tourist trap. Tons of people, concrete, buildings, you have to pay for everything. So so busy.
I prefer the American side.



We've tried going to some parks around here but haven't been too successful. One night we wanted to go and throw a frisbee around but it would have cost $13 to get into the park.
Canada's a lot different than the U.S. Everything is so expensive!

We've found a couple of restaurants we like. We went to Rogers Centre on Monday evening and watched a Blue Jays game. They beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5 and it was 80s night!! Made for some laughs.

The most American thing we've found here is Starbucks :) The prices aren't too much more expensive and it feels like you're in the states. I think I went there six or seven days in a row, just to read my book and do something while Dave was at work.

And now the best part: tomorrow's his last day! We get to go back home tomorrow!

Friday, July 23, 2010

NYC Adventures

We left St. Thomas and headed north to New York City for a couple of days. We went there on a "date" back in October and wanted to return sometime when we could stay for longer than a few hours. We figured if we didn't do it right away, it might take ten years... so it became part of our honeymoon. We arrived late at night and had a delicious dinner at Junior's. YUM! If you ever go to NY, I highly recommend Junior's for dinner and cheesecake. Or just dinner. Or just cheesecake. I dream about their cheesecake, it's that good. (and I don't really even eat dessert.)

Now to the photos.
Here's the southeast corner of Central Park. The pond is kind of low...


There's a lake in the park (named "The Lake") where you can rent rowboats for an hour. Dave wasn't super pumped about this but still brought me for a ride.



The Mets got a new field last summer so we decided to head out to Queens to check it out. They played the Braves that day and won 3-0. It's a really nice field, a huge upgrade from Shea Stadium.


There's a new Forever 21 store in Times Square with this huge screen above it. Dave and I are in this picture - can you see us?

We checked out Bryant Park one evening and saw a couple get engaged. Kinda fun!


This is the inside of Federal Hall. I'd been outside before but never ventured in. I didn't realize there were exhibits inside. Lucky us, Alexander Hamilton was there and we got to listen to a speech by him.

If you've ever been to New York with me, you know a visit isn't quite complete without the Brooklyn Bridge. Sometimes it's from the pier or mall or sometimes it's a walk across (or halfway there and back...). Oh, how I love this bridge! It's definitely one of my favorite things about New York City.
We walked across to Brooklyn and found Grimaldi's, very well-known for their pizza. YUM!!!


Then we ventured to a park on the Brooklyn side with awesome views of the bridge. Wow!

It was so much fun to spend a few days in the city, walking around, no real agenda in mind.

What a great way to start our new life together :)

Next up, (hopefully!!!) some wedding pictures.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Wonderful Week in St. Thomas

Here are some honeymoon pictures I promised.

We arrived in St. Thomas late at night and drove through the city to our hotel amidst the lights. Once we got to the resort, we were curious about our surroundings but everything looks different during the day so we had to wait.

We woke up in the morning to this sight from our balcony:

It was a beautiful day so we headed out to explore and make our way to the beach at the other end of the resort. On our way we found this waterfall.


We were pumped to see such a beautiful beach just a short walk from our room. The water in the Caribbean Sea was perfect and there were some good waves a few of the days.

On that first day we spent some more time figuring out our way around the resort and happened upon a few of these...

Here's some more of the resort.


We talked to some of the workers and found out there was a festival going on in St. John that day and there was going to be fireworks that evening. We spent most of July 4th in airports and in the air so we didn't see any fireworks so here was our chance.

On our way to St. John (a short ferry ride away) it started raining.
Once we got there it stopped for awhile and the sun came out. Here's Cruz Bay, St. John.
Unfortunately the rain didn't stay away for long and we decided not to spend hours in the rain waiting for the fireworks.

The next day we went on a day sail around St. Thomas, St. John, and other islands in the area.
It was oh so relaxing being on this little sailboat with 6 other people (including the crew), no motor running, and no itinerary in mind.

We stopped at Hawksnest Bay in St. John (part of the national park there) to snorkel, check out the beach, and eat lunch.

After the sail we checked out some of the town (Charlotte Amalie) and found this cool alley on our way to a really great restaurant.


The next day it was back to St. John! Except this time we took the ferry. It was so hot and humid that our camera was fogging up...


Trunk Bay, St. John. I had been here a few times before and it was every bit as beautiful as I remembered it.



The next day we relaxed more at our resort. We had spent the previous few days going to different places so it was nice to stay in one place.



Beachside dining at our resort. Yum!

On our last full day in St. Thomas we went on a dinner/sunset sail around the islands. This is at the marina, waiting to depart.
They sailed this one with up to 40 people but (lucky for us!) there were only 9 passengers the night we went!

Unfortunately we forgot to charge the battery for our camera so this was pretty much the only picture we got on the sailboat.

On our last day we went to the beach for a few more hours, then took the scenic trail back up to our room.
By the waterfall again.

One last picture on our fun, relaxing, wonderful Caribbean vacation.

Next up, Part 2 of our honeymoon :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Just one for now

Dave's sister Kristine emailed some photos from our wedding day... here's one.


Thanks Kristine!

Done! Finished! :)

I just turned in the last assignment for the two master's courses I've been working on since early May. YEA!!
I'm done with homework and can enjoy and appreciate the rest of the summer carefree!

Woo-whooooo!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Not a good combination (or oh my, sore legs!)

I learned a new lesson today and yesterday. Starting a new workout + finishing up homework = not good.
Especially when the new workout is with my husband who likes to do these really intense workouts right from the start. No easing in.
and it's the end of the semester so all of the homework has to get done now.

So basically I'm talking about sitting in front of a computer writing, doing research, and reading for hours on end with extremely sore legs. Whenever I stand up it takes a little bit before I can actually walk because my legs aren't working with me right now. I'm trying to get up at least once an hour and stretch out but every time it hurts.
I just have to get past these first couple weeks where every workout hurts and takes some recovery time. Then it'll be easier. Right?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Home" again

We're home from a wonderful vacation in St. Thomas and New York City. It was fun & relaxing and we enjoyed every single minute of it!

Our wedding day went by in such a flash. When I think back on it, I can remember lots of details from throughout the day but my overwhelming sense is that it went by so so quickly. Luckily we have lots and lots of pictures to look at. Liz gave a sneak peek but that's all I've seen so far. I can't wait to see more!!

I'll post some when I get them and some of our honeymoon when I get a chance.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Updated to-do list

On Monday, June 21st I made a list on here of everything I need to accomplish. I'm putting the list onto this post and updating it...
  1. DONE!!!! :) (Unfortunately this has to be at the top of the list.) Homework: 8 assignments. Some are small, three are quite large, including a research paper. It's going to take lots of time to do it all and submit it. :( My goal is to have all of this done by 11:59pm on Monday, June 28th. If that happens, I can forget about homework for the rest of the wedding week & our honeymoon.
  2. Done. Organize some things at Dave's house. I'm down here visiting him and my sister & her family so I brought some things I'll need after the wedding when we're living here. I wasn't organized enough when I was packing it, so now I need to work on that here. I have until Friday, June 25th for this.
  3. Working on this: Finish packing up things at home.
  4. Done. (A beautiful wedding and fun day!) A cousin's wedding ~ Kate and Chris's big day is on Saturday!
  5. Done - fun seeing everyone! Two (cousin) bridal showers ~ Liisa on Saturday and Sally on Monday.
  6. Done. (I hope! If you're wondering, just ask!) Let everyone know what's going on next week. I can hardly believe I'm saying that. NEXT WEEK!!
  7. Done. Thanks Kristin! Get my hair cut. I was going to this past weekend but we just ran out of time.
  8. Done. Finish buying gifts. I have to finish just a couple more.
  9. Working on it: Wrap gifts.
  10. Working on it: Pack for our honeymoon ~ a week (or so) in the Caribbean!
  11. I think we did this: Run through the schedule with my sisters and mom to make sure we're not forgetting anything. (This should go before #6...)
  12. Set up the church, prepare food, make bouquets & centerpieces (Thursday, July 1st)
  13. Trying to: Relax so I can enjoy it all.
Not bad, hey?
Lots of fun, fun, fun stuff left!!

P.S. Number two says I'm downstate but that's from last week. I came home on Friday and I'm here to stay until the wedding.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

He's getting old ;)

Today is Dave's birthday! He's working this evening so we got to spend this morning/early afternoon together. I made panukkuka (I never know how to spell it!) for him for breakfast then we went outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm learning

I'm sitting here under a pile of homework. Seriously. It's so high I can't see out. I think the thing I need the most right now is motivation. That's possibly the biggest hurdle I'm facing over the next 5 days. I don't have enough of it. I feel like I'm organizing my days enough that I should have enough time to get somewhere on this mound... but to no avail. It just isn't happening. For awhile today I felt like I actually got somewhere. I had this great feeling of accomplishment, I was on a roll, I was going to finish and submit a couple of assignments. It was a great feeling! Until I realized I was hungry. I looked at my clock and sure enough, it was dinner time. So I called Michelle and we made a plan for dinner, I met up with her, we had dinner... then I thought of some errands I needed to do. This is where the problem came in today. Those errands (which I thought wouldn't take more than an hour) turned into four hours of running around. Seriously, four hours.

Now I'm on my computer, supposed to be finishing up those assignments I actually got somewhere on earlier and now I'm getting nowhere on them. I don't remember where I was going with my thoughts and can't figure out how to start over. So that = I'm stuck.

Oh yeah, I'm learning. Except it has nothing to do with Theoretical Foundations of Education or Curriculum Development.
I'm learning that I do my best work in the morning, can get some stuff done in the afternoon and get nowhere in the evening. Some people like mornings and others are night owls. I never claimed to be a night owl although I don't like getting up early like some people... If I get my best work done in the morning, does that mean I'm a morning person? Crazy thought.

Case in point - I'm posting on here instead of working on homework. Shoot.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My to-do list

Over the next eleven(!) days, here's what I need to accomplish or what's going on:

  1. (Unfortunately this has to be at the top of the list.) Homework: 8 assignments. Some are small, three are quite large, including a research paper. It's going to take lots of time to do it all and submit it. :( My goal is to have all of this done by 11:59pm on Monday, June 28th. If that happens, I can forget about homework for the rest of the wedding week & our honeymoon.
  2. Organize some things at Dave's house. I'm down here visiting him and my sister & her family so I brought some things I'll need after the wedding when we're living here. I wasn't organized enough when I was packing it, so now I need to work on that here. I have until Friday, June 25th for this.
  3. Finish packing up things at home.
  4. A cousin's wedding ~ Kate and Chris's big day is on Saturday!
  5. Two (cousin) bridal showers ~ Liisa on Saturday and Sally on Monday.
  6. Let everyone know what's going on next week. I can hardly believe I'm saying that. NEXT WEEK!!
  7. Get my hair cut. I was going to this past weekend but we just ran out of time.
  8. Finish buying gifts. I have to finish just a couple more.
  9. Wrap gifts.
  10. Pack for our honeymoon ~ a week (or so) in the Caribbean!
  11. Run through the schedule with my sisters and mom to make sure we're not forgetting anything. (This should go before #6...)
  12. Set up the church, prepare food, make bouquets & centerpieces (Thursday, July 1st)
  13. Relax so I can enjoy it all.
What am I forgetting?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A busy week

I've thought of updating this quite a few times in the past week but every time I was in the car.

Thanks to everyone for the gifts, food, and company at my bridal shower! It was such a fun morning and so wonderful to share this exciting time. Dave and I are very grateful for the support.
(I'll post more pictures when I get them. I've been really slow with pictures lately.)



The day after the shower, I drove across the state to see Dave for a few days. Then I drove home on Wednesday, went to Minnesota on Thursday, attended and took photos at a wedding there on Friday and then drove home (got home around midnight), and got in the car at 4:30am on Saturday and came back to this end of the state. It was Kenny and Henrik's first birthday party yesterday so my mom and I came for that.

I'm supposed to go to NYC and CT tomorrow for the night but my flight was cancelled. :(
I can't believe it. :(

Besides that, less than three weeks until the big day! Pretty much everything is ready, aside from the last-minute things you can't do ahead of time.

This summer is flying by already and I have a feeling it's not going to slow down.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dave's gonna love this

He's going to be my husband in one month!

He's probably not going to be too pumped about this solo pic of him but I really like it.
30 days to go!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Congratulations David and Greta!!




They're getting married!!

August 14th is going to be the big day!

Just about there

1.5 more days of students!!
3 total days until this year is history!
I can't WAIT to be done with all of this grading. Seriously. You should see the pile. When I sit next to it, I kind of disappear. That's how high it is. That's not a good sign when I'm about to start giving exams... the US History exam is ten pages long. Ten pages that I have to grade, times 26 students. Shoot. What was I thinking? If I see you in the next few days, I might hand over a green pen and ask you to mark up some papers.

Haha. Just kidding. Maybe.

Have a good week!