Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Vacation

Here I am, sitting on my couch at 8:08am on a Saturday morning...the sun is shining in the window, my dog is laying by my feet and I am reading Marley and Me in hopes to finish it before the movie comes out. I LOVE CHRISTMAS VACATION!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Simple Joys

Being a teacher, I daily get to appreciate the simple joys in life...or in the lives of my students...

This week...

Having a little boy come in with his hair slicked so tight to one side of his head...he was so proud he did it himself because it was so hard to do - "I had to put a towel around my neck and stick my head in the sink...then I used a lot gel so it stays that still feels wet(as it is dripping down his neck)".

My students were so pumped to get a "Sweet roll and coffee" to celebrate Christmas just like in was really a day old cinnamon roll and root beer...easy to please.

A student coloring the halos near the heads of Mary and Joseph in a Nativity scene coloring sheet yellow..."I was thinking it might be the light of Christ" true it is.

Getting 1000 hugs a day...even when I don't deserve them.

Hearing 70 2nd graders singing Frosty the Snowman at the Christmas program last night...wearing hats and brought me back to the Minnesota winter days.

Hearing 26 little voices singing along with This Little Light of Mine while working on a report about bats.

When asked how far Mexico is from Orange County, a student replied...very far, I think like 7 miles.

After receiving a present in his shoe from St. Nicholas in the hallway at school while studying Christmas in Germany a little boy yells "I'm doing this every night" and a little girl replies -"He won't find you...he knows your not German!"

It's the little things that make me smile...I have all those little joys everyday...and for that I am thankful!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter in the OC

I have come to realize that I should appreciate winter in southern California. Today at carpool(yes, I have to help with carpool at our one rides the bus, everyone pulls up in their Escalades and Ferrari's like we are at a car show...and I do wear a sweet orange safety vest)...and I notice the Santa Ana winds are blowing and it is absolutely gorgeous out. I am almost even hot. On my drive home, I am witnessing another beautiful sunset...the Pacific Ocean to my left and the amazing hill of homes(including Lauren Conrad's parent's house) to my right. Although is seems weird to see an inflatable Frosty and an inflatable snow globe in the front yard of a multi-million dollar home that has no snow...I still sigh and think about how much I love the holiday season. As I continue driving, I think about how different Christmas is without almost seems just like any other ordinary then I start feeling sad about not being in Minnesota for a white Christmas. Then comes the phone call from my is like 3 degrees in Minnesota and he has just finished snowblowing the 5 inches of snow that had fallen the day before. I suddenly remember that winter in southern California is pretty nice...even if there is no snow on Christmas :( I would also like to tell you that I was going to meet some friends for dinner tonight...I was freezing in my house...I put on socks and boots(I have not worn closed-toe shoes in a VERY long feet feel claustrophobic), jeans, a shirt, scarf and sweater like coat. I am pumped because I am warm and cozy...I then walk outside, get in my car, look at the temperature and see that it says 70 degrees...I then realize I am pathetic.

Monday, December 1, 2008


What am I good at? I think about being a teacher...I used to think I was a superstar...maybe I I still?? I found out that one of my students will be leaving my class after Christmas break...going to a new school that will challenge her. I can't help to take it personally...did I totally screw up...did I miss doing my job somewhere??? Now I know this sounds overdramatic...but I really wonder...I have I lost my passion, my secret touch? I have tried to think of what I am good at...can I be anything other than a teacher and be successful? I don't know if I will ever have the guts to try it out. How does one truly find out where their talents are?? If you know the answer, let me know. battle towards eating healthy, living healthy and being healthy has not quite begun...I am trying...atleast every morning when I get up it is my intention...after breakfast is another story...I will get there.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Christmas Season

I am so glad that the Christmas season is here. I love the music, the decorations and I am of course patiently awaiting the showing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on TV. Life is more cozy. Last night I laid on the couch in front of the fire reading a book with Christmas music playing in the was so cozy. But, it also means a season for spending time with family and friends. It makes me miss home...A LOT. I miss the snow(sitting in the house watching it fall...not driving in it), I miss laughing with my family and seeing the ornaments I made so long ago hanging on the tree. I miss handing out the presents to everyone on Christmas eve just like I have done each year before. We have wonderful friends here in California to celebrate the holidays with and I cannot wait for my parents to fly out to visit us on Christmas day. I am looking forward to picking out a tree with Chris, decorating our house and enjoying the holiday season. I picked up our Christmas cards today...they are hilarious...Chris and I decided that we did not want a picture of us this year, but we also did not want to write in a million cards, so instead we took a picture of our dog, Zena (newly adopted into our family in August), wearing a Santa hat and sitting front of the fire...we look like crazy dog people and I do believe that they could have devoted a section on us in the movie "Best in Show". The greatest part is not really being crazy dog people...our friends and family are going to be thinking that we moved to California and became nuts...I love it! I am working hard to make Chrismas feel truly like Christmas...I think that means I am going to have to learn to bake like my mom...

Friday, November 28, 2008

New Year's Resolution in November

The last couple of months I have not been interested in making me a better me. I have been just going through the motions. I am good person...a person with a lot of drive and someone who definitely could make a difference in the world. But I have chosen to sit back and watch the world go by. Why, you may ask? I don't know. I wish I would be a lot easier. I think it all started when a great friend of mine passed away in June. It was a huge wake up call that we are only guarenteed THIS MOMENT in life. You would think this would have motivated me to live up every minute, embrace everyone around me and try to change to world. Instead, I did the opposite. I became weak...not caring. Since then, I've watched the days pass by...going through the motions with little heart. NOT ANYMORE. I am over it. As many of you know, I struggle daily with anxiety...I worry about everything...for no reason. But, I do. I go to acupuncture and take my herbs(legal ones) and am getting back on track. I am making an effort to be a better me. Not to make this Bridget Jones' diary or anything...but I am going to make a strong effort to eat healthier, exercise more and live a healthier life. I am turning 30 in May and my goal is to be on the road to a healthy lifestyle by then. I owe it to me...and the others around me who inspire me daily. Here's to my New Year's Resolution in November!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


So here I am...blogging once again. I tried this lasted one blog. I plan on this one lasting much longer...but check with me on Saturday. I have been so inspired to blog ever since starting to read my friend Sandi's blog, but something she said the other day made me really think about it. She said that the blog is for get all of her thoughts out...not for anyone else. I think that is why my last blog did not work. It took me so long to decide what to write about and what people wanted to hear instead of writing what I wanted to say. I was so worried about what the people reading my blog would think about me after reading it became realistic fiction instead of the real thing. I admire Sandi's honesty in her blog...I am going to try my best to do the same. I want this to be a recording of the journey of my life. I thought about starting a journal, but the thoughts in my head go a lot faster than my hand can I have turned to typing. Today is Thanksgiving. There are many things to be thankful, friends, health, all the basics. I have learned to look on the bright side...Chris had to work today, but I am thankful he has a job that provides for our family, I know that there are many people who wish they had the same. I am sad to be away from our family in Minnesota, but I am so thankful that there is other family there giving mom and dad hugs and filling in for us. It rained today, I am so thankful that God made the rain because it reminds us that although all of our days are not sunny and bright, that He is always there. My mind is racing...I want to write years of thoughts down...but I know that doing so in this one blog will be overwhelming. Instead, I will say good night and blog again soon!