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Yesterday was the last day of school.  It was my fifth year in a school environment, 2nd year at this particular school, which is longer than any of the other ones.  I’ve been in 4 different schools buildings in various states and they all have their issues.  I have to say it’s always an emotional day when the school year ends and while yesterday I could feel a release of things, it was the most gentle let down of them all.  Almost a relief.  I feel kind of guilty saying it, but it’s been a rough year.  By the end of April, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it another 30 days.  I have lots of theories and opinions on education, which I won’t go into at this time, but I read an article today that infuriated me.  People, especially politicians, are so naive as to what goes on on a daily basis in our schools, yet they decide these crazy policies.  So, I’m thankful for this break.  You can say what you want about teachers and education, but until you walk in our shoes for more than a day I encourage you not to judge prematurely.  And, if you know a teacher you should thank them.  The good ones work really hard at what they do.

 

On a brighter note…this summer is shaping up nicely to have some fun activities.  Baby showers, visits with friends, a beach vacation, and pedicures.  It’s getting too hard to bend over due to the little one getting bigger (see below), so I’m treating myself to one each month.  July is already scheduled.  Need to get on June and August.  A little out of order, I know.

 

 So thankful for every little kick and wiggle from Eli’s tiny legs and arms.  It truly is an amazing experience (not to mention reassuring knowing he’s still alive and kickin’) and I think I’m actually going to miss it once he arrives.

Rainbows

I like rainbows.  These top 2 pictures are the same rainbow.  It was huge!  We had a storm blowing in a couple of weeks ago, which here usually just means wicked wind that inevitably knocks over our rocking chairs out back, but this particular storm we had rain in the back of the house and sun in front and to the side.  It was starting to cloud up out front, but not before this glorious rainbow appeared.  If only there would have been a pot of gold at the end…

You could see all the colors.  (You know, my buddy, ROY G BIV)

It reminded me of a time when I lived in Redding, California and I saw a rainbow around the entire sun.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, but it’s all I had to capture it at the time.

Quick Update

Here’s a quick update of things…

1. I’ve been consumed by thoughts of what this little person growing inside of me might be.  I always said I would wait to find out, but I don’t know how people do it.  Our official date to find out is April 27th, but I have an ultrasound on the 13th too and I hope they tell us then.  I want to know!  And, get the nursery started.

2. This is a video of the new giraffe being born at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Giraffes are my favorite and I think I might have to go to the zoo this year just to see it.  Especially, since they had one die last year and now they have a new one.  I hope my baby comes out a little smoother than this poor thing though.  :)  

3. Only 41 days of school left.  I can hardly stand it.  Not sure if I’m going to work next year.  Hoping not too, but I’m a little nervous about the money thing, so we’ll see.

4. We saw a great rainbow a couple weeks ago when a storm was rolling in.  I haven’t uploaded the picture yet.  You’ll have to wait for it.

5. Just finished a great book called Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo.  Very easy read about a little boy who visits Heaven during surgery and totally messes up his dad’s theology when he tells him about it.  :)  Love it.

6. I had a manicure and pedicure over spring break with a Groupon I bought months ago and it was fabulous.  If I were independently wealthy, I would have them done all the time.

7. I hear lots of noise coming upstairs from my hubby and puppy.  I’m gonna go check it out…

8. Butler game tonight at 9:30.  I’ll be catching the highlights in the morning, but I hope they win!

Tuesday Pet Peeves

Today was not a bad day by any means; however, several annoying things occured…

1. 69 South was backed up again, but this time way beyond the on-ramp where I get on.  I decided to drive around the block and get on at exit 5.  I don’t know what it is about this highway, but no one seems to know how to drive on it.  Especially when we get a little bit of precipitation.  It’s annoying.

2. I bought a box of Dark Chocolate Raisinets (oh so yummy!) and I can never get those little tabs to work that say “open here by pressing down with thumb” (or whatever it says-it’s close to that).  All I do is dent the box and inevitably have to just open the whole end.

3. If you’re merging onto the highway don’t honk your horn at me.  You have to merge with me, I don’t have to slow down for you.  Learn how to drive (and I could say oh so much more, so you’re lucky dumb drivers).

4.  If you don’t get your way, don’t whine.  I can’t stand whining, especially when I talk to you almost everyday about it.  I don’t care if you’re in first grade.  Plenty of other first graders cope just fine.

 

That is all.  For now.  :)

Oh, the life of a puppy

If I believed in reincarnation, I think I would want to come back as a dog.  Perhaps that’s because my dog is spoiled rotten…so I should clarify, I would want to come back as a puppy in my house.  She’s 5 months today and she has grown so fast (from 3 to 6.2 pounds doesn’t seem like much, but I assure you it is).  She received her last puppy shots last night and graduated from puppy class the night before that.  It’s been a big week.  Of course, we celebrated by getting 2 new toys and eating some carrots.  Our vet even said she was special.  *Melt my heart some more*  She has been such a good puppy and she’s so loving.  Here’s why her life is unbelievably great…

1. She gets to lay around all day on a cozy blanket and take naps.  Lots of naps.

2. Her main job is play with toys.  I want that job.

3. She gets fed everyday and doesn’t even have to shop or cook for her food.

4. She gets her hair brushed daily (and by brushed I mean petted, but I would imagine it brings her joy like when I get my hair brushed by someone else)

5. She gets up every morning in a good mood ready to play (after her belly rub of course).

 

I’m sure there are more, but those are the highlights.  Here are some cute pictures of my little love.

 

She loves vanilla ice cream.

All snuggled in.

Mesh & Musicals

January 1, 2011 was a good day.  Ben and I started off the year with a date night and instead of just doing the usual dinner and a movie, we switched it up just a bit.  First, we went to Mesh, a tasty little restaurant downtown that we had never tried (we hardly ever leave food out).  OMG.  Best steak I’ve had in a loooonnng time.  I’m not a steak person by nature, but every once in a while I get the hankering.  It was served with the most perfect mashed potatoes (did I mention I don’t even like mashed potatoes) and asparagus.  Delicious is an understatement.  Their special for dessert was Graeter’s ice cream!  (but Ben said he doesn’t like Graeter’s-what? how did he ever pass the test?  I think I’m going to have to get him to acquire that just like Skyline)  So, we got some other ice cream with caramel.  Then, after dinner we went around the corner to see Wicked.  Wicked is one of my all time favorite musicals.  The lyrics are so clever and there is some great sarcasm in the show.  Ben had never been to a Broadway musical before and he said he went in with low expectations just in case.  Let me just tell you, he was super impressed.  (I know because he told me several times on the way home. :))  I will say though that my only pet peeve about the night was that not many people get dressed up anymore for these shows.  It’s sad really.  Most of them were the young people.  Lots of them had jeans on, one guy had Adidas sportswear on.  I mean, really?  I was just born in the wrong era-I want to wear the fancy hats and gloves, but most people can’t even wear a decent pair of black pants.  End rant.  All in all it was a great date despite the slackers who don’t dress up :D.  You should check out a musical in your city…or come here and I’ll go with you.  :)

Hurry up 2011

I don’t know what it is about this lull between Christmas and New Year’s, but it drives me crazy every year.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being off work (I’ve already started dreading going back-slow down break!), but I just feel like it’s this anticipation build up to no where.  I don’t know, New Year’s Eve has never been that big of a deal to me.  Plus, snow came super early this year and although I typically love snow I’m really not looking forward to another solid two months of winter.  I’m really craving a warm beach vacation badly, which is not like me at all.  It reminds me of something someone said once, it was really simple, but it struck me…”Why do you think so many people like to sun tan or go tanning?  They’re laying in the “sun”.  A mere representation of the “son”.”  I mean if I think back to my best beach vacations the fondest memories are being at just the right temperature in the sun.  Not too hot, but warm with a fabulous breeze and perhaps even the water brushing up against my toes.  All things that mimic parts of the Kingdom in my mind…the warm love, living refreshing water, and the wind of the Holy Spirit.  Ok, this is only making me want to go to the beach more…

I was super touched today when I was told someone was fasting for my health and our family.  It has been a rough couple of months.  Spending Christmas Eve in the ER was like the last straw for me.  It’s so frustrating that no one can figure out what is wrong.  Lots of people from back home have been praying for me, which I totally appreciate.  This particular person who is fasting though just surprised me I guess because he’s a very busy person and I was honored that he would sacrifice comforts for my benefit.  So here’s to receiving my healing, getting out of this funk, and getting on with the New Year!

Quick Summary

Another month has flown by since my last post.  Jimminy Cricket.  Life has been so busy, but here’s a short summary of the last few weeks…

We had Thanksgiving in there, a wedding, lots of snow (and it’s only December), Copper started puppy class and had her first haircut, the doctors are still trying to figure out what is wrong with my stomach/esophagus (looks like a scope is next-ugh), my good friend Jillian had her baby, and I’ve just spent the last two days baking cookies in preparation for Christmas.

Ben taking a break from cooking on Thanksgiving and my cute puppy.  She has the life.

 

My family got a new puppy too-Ruby.  Copper and her have become good buddies.

That’s all I have for now.  Merry Christmas to all!

Copper

I know it’s been a while, but we were on vacation at a conference and then we got a new puppy, Copper.  Below is a video to show you what my world has been filled up with lately.  Well, that and a nasty stomach bug.  The puppy is much more fun than the bug.  Enjoy!

 

 

Yes, yet another random list

1.  We celebrated my Grandma Cahill’s 77th birthday today here in Indy at a restaurant called Stone Creek.  It was yummy just as everyone had told me, but better yet, it was beautiful inside.  Very fun place.  Then us girls went shopping all day.  Great times.

2. I had a physical today.  First time in a long time and hopefully last one for a long time.  I just don’t like doctors really.  I’ve gotten way better let me tell you. Definitely should have made a list of things to talk about though because I forgot to ask about my knee and if I’m up to date on shots.  Ugh.

3. Rewarded myself with a chai latte from Cuppy’s.  Heaven in a cup I tell you.

4. Someone in my neighborhood left a mug of candy on my front doorstep to spread good cheer at Halloween.  I’m supposed to do it to three other houses.  It’s fun even though I still haven’t really met the neighbors.

5. Super excited about going on vacation soon.

6. Can’t wait until we can start socking away some money again.  Medical bills and my new job paying 2 weeks behind stinks!  We’re doing better than most I know and are still considered rich by many standards in this world, but we’re out of my comfort zone baby.

7. Wonder who gets up and takes these early hot air balloon rides I see on the way to work.

8. Also wonder if you pass a semi-truck on the highway and it has Babe Ruth candy bar logo all over the truck, does that mean it’s all filled up with those candy bars?  That’s a serious amount of chocolate!

9. Wonder if my face will ever stop breaking out like I’m still a teenager in high school.  That would be awesome.

10.  Got to watch a college soccer game last weekend during beautiful weather and then see my cousin, Chris, who is one of the coaches for like 5 minutes after the game.  Way too short of a visit, but it was good.  Not to mention we had Zaxby’s.  Does it get any better?

11. I have really cold feet, so I gotta go curl up under a blanket.

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