Monday, January 18, 2016

This Past Week

Life has been a little crazy over here at our casa. I was in full swing with work, as I organized a field trip to Winterplace. It was a reward trip for students and they went snow tubing. Then I followed that evening with a 7th/8th grade Snowball dance. I spent the afternoon getting the decorations up and worrying about how many kids would show up to the event. Fortunately, we had a fairly good turnout and the "package" deal was perfect. We walked away with a profit which will be donated to the local food pantry. I am very happy about that. 

Joe had a slightly rougher week. He was frustrated with his classes and it showed. He got a little snippy with them. Once again, he is ready to end his career as a teacher. I don't blame him though, it is a rough job. Kids really do treat us very badly and it can make things rough. So we are back at it with the full discussions about where to move, what work he might be able to do, etc.

Jack and Ella have had a chance to pull out the snowsuits. We got about an inch one day last week and they loved it. They are going to die when it snows five inches later this week. I was thinking about funny things that my kids say and I remembered that Ella always says, "I don't love..." to describe her feelings about things. I recently realized that I have taken on that habit as well. So now I say, "I don't love exercising," or, "I don't love when my classes misbehave." She will tell us that she doesn't love what we make for dinner, or the clothing choices we pick out, or different toys. It really is funny and a perfectly nice way of saying, "this item sucks." ha

Ella will turn four tomorrow. I am super excited for her. I cannot believe that my baby is already four! I have to make about 35 cupcakes today. Some to bring to school and the rest for her party on Saturday. It should be fun. Maybe I can crank those out the same time I am working out. Actually, I set a goal to workout 20 minutes a day, five days a week this month. It has truly been challenging and easy. Once I start it, I realize that 20 minutes is not very long. But some days I just go home from work and that is the last thing I want to do. So far, I have only missed one day...but I had a good reason for that...it was an extremely emotional day!

That's is my short and sweet update for this week...I should have pictures next week from Ella's birthday!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Halloween 2015

We had a fun Halloween party at our house this year. I did it for a friend. She always hosts, but this year there was a lot of her plate. So I offered up my home and it was such a big hit and a great turnout. We went trick-or-treating right afterwards in the community. I cannot wait to host again next year...wherever we live!



















Road Trip - Summer 2015

We took a family road trip to Colorado and Wyoming this summer. We camped in Rocky Mountain National Park and then followed that up with some time in Wyoming to climb and visit with friends. Then we drove back into Colorado to see other friends. I think our family needed this adventure. Joe and I haven't taken a big trip since we were dating. It was memorable and I think the kids loved it!