Thursday, December 31, 2009

Highlights from 2009

We began 2009 be celebrating Mark and Katherine's wedding...

We are loving our church, Trinity, and all the sweet friends...

Hosted a huge Easter, 22 to be exact...

Celebrated Maria and Topher's wedding...

Watched my little sister graduate...

Celebrated my cousin's wedding...

Celebrated our two year anniversary (the cotton anniversary)...

Celebrated my 25th birthday...

We considered buying a home...

I said good-bye to my first group of kindergarten students...

Enjoyed a long summer at the beach...

Planned fun showers for Amanda...

Cheered on the Hokies...
Hung out with sweet youth group kids and went to Rockbridge...

Celebrated Amanda's wedding...

Celebrated Melissa's wedding...

Experienced a huge flood...

Loved Christmas in PA...

Hosted the 8th/9th? Annual HHS gals dinner...

I'm sure I left out some awesome times, but this is all that I have pictures to remind me of. Here is to another fun year, filled with many blessings! Have a wonderful New Years Eve with family and/or friends!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back in Virginia...

A wonderful trip home filled with lots of this...

calls for lots of this my last week off...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

hey ya!

The busyness of the season is already upon us, yet we have loved every minute of it. We have celebrated the season with friends, co-workers, youth group kids, and family and it is only December 20. Take some time on the 4th Advent Sunday to consider this... The king of the universe, in all His beauty and holiness, chose to come to a dirty, sinful Earth because He loves you. With all the hustle and bustle of this last week before Christmas take time to think about how that should affect our hearts this season.

A sweet friend, Alaina, shared this with me. I am a kindergarten teacher; therefore, I love Charlie Brown. You can't sit still for this one :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

From the mouth of babes...

Today in kindergarten we were talking about Thanksgiving and things that we are thankful morning class discussion went as follows:
Me: "Boys and girls, we are going pass around the pig (stuffed animal) and each take a turn sharing one thing or person we are thankful for. We will start with you."
Student 1: "I am thankful for my Mama."
Student 2: " I am thankful for ALL of my toys."
Student 3: " I am thankful for my baby sister."
Student 4: " I am thankful for God and thankful that He loves me this much (as he spreads his arms wide).

Even in public school, I am blessed with precious moments like these. What a sweet reminder of grace and God's love.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pink, lace and polka dots :)

This weekend I traveled home to visit my family and the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse sale while Marty had a boys weekend. Time with family was great and encouraging. I am so blessed to have family that supports me and loves me so unconditionally. The Lilly sale was everything one would expect it to be... pink, lace, and polka dots everywhere...LOVE IT. It is at times like this that I am reminded that I am ALL girl. I used self-control, stayed under budget and came home with 2 wrap skirts, a bathing suit, and cute wooden hangers. It was a great girly trip with my Mom and it made me super excited about the Spring sale :) We even saw one of these at the sale...

As the holidays quickly approach, I am constantly reminded of things that I am thankful for everyday. The Lord has blessed us so richly; we have never been in want or need. We have been given all that we have needed, and yet daily we fail to recognize this gift. I am so quick to want, worry and plan, and so slow to praise God for the little/ big things. I am so thankful to have a washer and dyer in our condo, yet I complain when I have to do laundry and desire a big beautiful wash room. I am thankful that we have a balcony where we can look at the River and watch the sun go down, yet I desire a yard and a puppy. We live in a broken world that is never pleased and always yearns for the next thing/phase. I struggle to remember that God has promised to provide and care for us. Take time to slow down and think about the blessings in your own life this week. What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

When it rains, it pours...literally

The November Nor'easter as the news calls it has hit Hampton Roads. I woke up to school being canceled and a second day off in a row...sweet! Downtown Norfolk is under water, and I have never been more thankful to live in a condo building. We are completely safe and sound up here on the third floor. Since Marty works downtown, he is out of work today too :) The high tide, around 5/6 this morning, was 7 feet above normal. The Elizabeth River has come up over the banks and flooded the streets of Norfolk. Where we are, the water covers just about 1/2 of our car tires, yet in Ghent and the Haugue areas water is up to car doors. Whew! We may try to venture out some time today, or we may just get some house work done and read all afternoon. Stay safe!
Here are some pictures from around our condo building.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Whew! After 35 or so parent-teacher conferences, completing report cards, PALS testing, committee meetings, planning and educating 40 5 year-olds I have been in need of a break. Thankfully Veteran's Day fell at a perfect time and provided a much needed break from the busyness. On my first day off of the school year I decided to start my Christmas shopping. I only got two presents done, yet that is a start. I always love picking out fun things for family and friends, and I have found new stores in Norfolk that I am taking advantage of this year for the first time :)

Marty and I have been asked to start thinking about what we would like for Christmas this year. It is difficult when you don't live near family to just drop hints, or go shopping together and point out things that you like or dislike. Since we have been asked by various members of the family, we thought we would create a blog post of some things that would be nice this Christmas.

- We love the monogrammed Tervis Tumbler sets. We end up only using our plastic cups around the house. These cups keep your drink cold or hot for hours. They also have a cute ice bucket to match.

- serving dishes

- Formal China, our pattern is Lenox Spring Vista. We are slowly adding to our collection.

- Marty always asks for the Band of Brothers DVD collection or any books on historical events

- Magazine subscriptions to...

- Cute Christmas ornaments as we are still trying to fill our tree :)

I hope this helps. I will post other ideas if we think of more. I found this cute ribbon wreath on Etsy recently. I may try to make one for our home for the holidays.

What a wonderful day off to start thinking about the holidays. I hope y'all had a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thanks to Ashley for sharing her Over the Top award with me! (Check out her blog!)

So, here are the rules:
Fill out the questions below, using only one word. Then pass this award along to some of your favorite bloggers, and tell 'em you did so! Have fun. :)

1. Where is your cell phone? purse

2. Your hair? long

3. Your mother? encouraging

4. Your father? steady

5. Your favorite food? ice-cream

6. Your dream last night? non-existent

7. Your favorite drink? tea

8. Your dream/goal? mama

9. What room are you in? all :)

10. Your hobby? girlishness

11. Your fear? pain

12. Where do you want to be in six years? healthy

13. Where were you last night? friends

14. Something that you aren't? rested

15. Muffins? yum

16. Wish list item? PUPPY

17. Where did you grow up? PA

18. Last thing you did? shower

19. What are you wearing? skirt

20. Your TV? CMT

21. Your pets? wish-list

22. Friends? selfless

23. Your life? whirlwind

24. Your mood? happy

25. Missing someone? family

26. Vehicle? CRV

27. Something you're not wearing? shoes

28. Your favorite store? LOFT

29. Your favorite color? pink

30. When was the last time you laughed? morning

31. Last time you cried? Wednesday

32. Your best friend? Marty

33. One place that I could go over and over? beach

34. One person who emails you regularly? Keely

35. Favorite place to eat? Chick-fil-a
& the next lucky winners are...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Visit Home...

I feel like this could be a wedding blog with the amount of wedding posts I have been writing. It is that season for us. Someone told me at the most recent wedding I was at, that October was the new June for weddings. Fall is definitely becoming a more popular season for weddings! It is such a beautiful time to get married. I traveled home to see Melissa, one of my good girlfriends from high school, get married. Melissa is one of my most unique friends. She is a police officer in Washington, DC, yet loves to bake and make cute crafts! She is such a sweet friend! She paid attention to every detail in her wedding planning, and the wedding was truly a special celebration of her and Jack. Here are some shots from the wedding...

All the Henderson High School gals (minus Keely). I love that after 7 years we still know how to have a great time together!

Jack and Melissa are both police officers in DC, so this wedding topper is completely appropriate...yet hilarious! I never knew anything like this existed.

This past weekend was also a great time to catch up with my parents and sister. I had a great time relaxing and hanging out with them! I realized that our version of fall in Norfolk is almost muted compared to West Chester. The whole time we were outdoors, I kept commenting on the fall colors. It was so beautiful. I guess living in the city, I have missed out on the beauty of fall. I kept wanting to take pictures of the fall trees and scenery like I had never seen it before. Those of you that live where the leaves change, sorry...I just loved it!