Saturday, December 11, 2010
Mardel, Target, Macys, James Avery, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Cobblestone Cottage, Ya Ya Club, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Mimosa Rose, HEB, a few old town Katy antique stores, and of course Chick-fil-A. We were going to go to Old Navy and Aldo but I forgot my returns in the middle of the living room floor (don't you hate that!?).
Ben was an excellent driver. He would drop me off so I could get started shopping and then park and come in, or just stay in the car and wait. And he kept me from getting too stressed by periodically semi-tackling me, hugging me, or suggesting ridiculous gifts. Overall, we were a great Christmas shopping team.
One more week of school, then another week of rest and family fun and then Christmas!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today, I finally committed to a sewing machine. My sweet family gave me money to buy a sewing machine for my birthday. Exactly a month ago. So I've been searching and thinking and reading reviews and talking to people and thinking some more. I just couldn't decide! You see, I don't know a ton about sewing yet (I've taken one Intro to Sewing class and I made a pillow!) and so it made me nervous to buy one without knowing much. Anyways, after much debate that bordered on obsessive, I picked one. It's a Brother and seems like one I can grow with but also it is not too fancy for my beginnerness. My first project is going to be a t-shirt quilt of all my Aggie and Grace Bible Church shirts. I can't wait to make it! And thanks to Aunt Cheryl for giving me step by step directions on how to make one!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Often around this time of year, everyone beings to say, "Can you believe it's November?!" and, "It just doesn't feel like it should be November yet." Well, I thought, and said, the exact same thing UNTIL today! Today, it finally feels like November and even feels a little like Christmas. Let me tell you why.
1. Today at church, the choir sang an amazing Christmas song that they're going to perform at the Celebration program.
3. The house is cold even without the air on!
4. I heard "All I want for Christmas is Yoooou, Baby" today in Old Navy.
5. I wanted to quickly flee Old Navy because it was insane and messy and insane.
6. Same goes for Gap and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I do not plan on returning on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon until February unless I have no choice (you really know I'm going to anyways, right?)
7. I wore my camel colored boots last night to a party for the first time this season.
8. I ate turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, ham, corn casserole, and many pumpkin flavored sweets last night at said party.
9. Every group I'm a part of has a Christmas celebration coming up.
10. And finally...Christmas and Thanksgiving plans are in the works and I can't wait to spend the time with my family and friends!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Well this past week, I accidentally stumbled upon a blog that talked about why! You see, Crayola is using an innovative technique that uses recycled bottle caps to create their markers. Having a black barrel allows them to use more recycled materials, keeping more than 1 million plastic bottle caps out of the landfills. Interesting huh?! Way to go Crayola. Way to go.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I got to sleep in (until 6am) because I had training today at another campus and didn't need to arrive crazy early. I am learning A TON! I can't wait to use it with my students.
I got to eat out at a restaurant for lunch! And, just so happened that it was the birthday of the lady that I went to lunch with so I got to share in her birthday lunch. She is another bilingual teacher so we talked the whole time in Spanish. Very fun. AND THEN we got Starbucks. In a red cup. On a cold day. Ahh bliss.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
These items are from Cake Vintage. A lot of their products are decorated and made out of vintage silverware which I think is creative and fun. Here's some things I found...
Dishtowel with silverware design - $33
Friday, October 1, 2010
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. - Lamentations 3:21-24
Hope you are encouraged today!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Today is the first free day Ben and I have had since school started and I'm loving it. We had a breakfast date which because of their rarity are very special. We went to 59 Diner which was good but not great. We just don't know of any fun breakfast places in the city where we live. We love Buffalo Grille but its just way too far. Anyone know of a place?
So, even though it seems to still be crazy hot outside, it does feel like fall is starting. College Football is on TV and even though Ben's not even watching it (he's swinging his golf club up in our game room...) it still feels like fall is beginning. Let the fall fun begin!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
1. I like what I've put on here (and maybe even bought it!).
2. If you like it, you can buy it too. So easy!
Below is a Zinc memo board that looked cool to use with magnets or for writing on. Click on the picture to buy for $28.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
What a sweetheart. God took care of me, in that, this happened about 2 minutes from Ben's office. He was able to come fix it and I was able to be on my merry way to discount tire and then to school for a bit. Today, I get to eat lunch with Ben! We are eating at smash burger because I have heard its amazing.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
So, teachers go back to school a week before the kids come back and then school starts August 23rd. I actually do look forward to it. I miss being with kids. I find myself talking to random kids in my neighborhood about the birds in their trees and at Wal-Mart helping them find their school supplies. Kids just interact in a totally different way and I love it. Anyways...also I feel the urge to see everyone possible that a working life hinders me from doing. So last weekend was the HELK reunion, this week my mom came to visit, and tomorrow we're going to visit the Herringtons.
HELK...what a weird name you might be thinking. This phrase was coined in college using the initials of my roommates from my senior year - Holly, Erin, Lynn, and Katy. We had incredible HELK parties at our Nimitz house, and we always had a HELK of a good time :). We were darn cool. Every year we have a reunion and this year I got to host it! We watched movies, ate yummy food, went shopping, and talked and laughed a lot. So refreshing and enjoyable. Oh and we love to take pictures!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
On the drive there. This is probably hour 5 or 6.
These are the kinds of things that happen when you play Quelf. Such a fun random silly game. Cherish had to wrap herself up like a mummy until someone rolled a 4. I had the worst card! I had to say "I command you to be silent!" EVERY TIME someone laughed and if someone caught me not doing it (LUKE!) I had to move back 1 space. I started just whispering it after a while.
Men's golf picture! Ben, Luke (Ben's brother), Mark (Ben's dad)
And this is what we did while they played golf. It was glorious! Oh and the closed water thing...ummm most people just ignored it and got in anyways (we might have been some of those people...). The beaches and the water were not perfectly clean but good enough to thoroughly enjoy them.
And ice cream afterwards at Scoops! I got cookies and cream and peppermint in a waffle cone.
The cousins: plus a friend and minus Luke and Cherish (they had gone home)
Ben, me (the cousin-in-law), Sara, Anna, and friend Rachel
And I leave you with this serene picture of the Beach. This was the 2nd to last morning we were there. I got up early to run on the beach. It sounded so perfect and peaceful. Umm, it was not. Running in wet and dry sand was a lot harder and I didn't make it as far as I usually do. The walk back was nice though, and then I sat out and read my Bible.
Coming soon...The 2010 HELK reunion!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Last year day 1, no one got onto the buses we sent out to pick kids up. Boy was it sad when they came rolling in empty. But this year....first day 27 people came in on the buses and yesterday, even more! What a blessing. Also, we were able to go around and knock on doors at the apartments where as last year we weren't allowed.
We have soooo many kids this year and our classes are really getting full which is a good thing. Oh how we love our teachers. They are doing an amazing job with their kids. Our Adult Bible study is going so well and tonight if I don't have a sweet baby to hold, I may sit in and listen. Youth has gone wonderfully, and the teens actually got really into it last night. The food draws them in (mmm hamburgers tonight) and they are prayed for the whole time by our faithful prayer team. The evangelism team is going out into the neighborhoods and boldly sharing Jesus with an evage-ball! A soccer ball with the 4 colors used to share the gospel! We have a nursery too and I got to hold one sweet little girl half the night. She was screaming so I walked around with her outside. She kept saying "abuela, abuela". Then when I kept saying, "she's coming soon, she's coming soon", she started saying "coming, coming". I could have taken her home!
Looking forward to 2 more great nights. We need prayer for energy for our volunteers - most of them are going to work, then straight to Houston Project for 2 days now and that is rough. And for more people to have softened hearts to hear and accept the Gospel. Tonight I've promised myself that I will take pictures!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
1. I hate to clean the bathroom. And even when I have oodles of time, it still doesn't happen as often as it should. Sooo that "I'm working" excuse, isn't really true I guess.
2. I am bad about starting a project and not completely finishing it. In a day, I might start and almost finish about 3 projects such as cleaning something, an artsy project, or organizing. But I just can't seem to finish that last 10%. What does that mean???
3. Carlos and Polly follow me around because they don't get enough time with me. You see, now that I'm home a lot more than normal, they are content to stay in a different room if they are napping. This has never been the case. It's a little sad I must admit.
4. Either I did something wrong, I cooked it too long, or it just wasn't good, but the Cooking Light recipe for the pound cake I made tonight was not what I was hoping for. I guess that's what you get when trying to make a "Light" pound cake.
Summer is going well and I'm enjoying the extra time to exercise (Ran 2 miles today thanks to my new running friend!) and to study the Word and pray. Also its nice to get all the little house projects done and have time to spend with other teacher friends and have a lunch longer than 25 minutes. The next month is going to be busy with vacations, some training and Houston Project so its going to fly!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Oh and there is no one at home with me - what you hear in the background is the show Felicity. I bought it at half-price books this week and have been watching it as I clean, scrapbook, email, etc. Its been enjoyable and takes me back to college when I watched all the seasons in like a month with the HELK roommates. I love summer!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Hoh Rain forest. Isn't it gorgeous! And amazingly sunny. Except for the narrow little trail we followed, there wasn't an inch of ground that didn't have a plant on it. Just amazing.
Can't wait for the 3rd movie!! Who's with me???