Thursday, January 29, 2009

Norman Rockwell

Marty and I had a date night last night and we went to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Chrysler Museum. I only knew about some of his more famous pieces like the triple self portrait, but I really enjoyed all of his work. His paintings reflected so much of American culture in such a whimsical way. All of his paintings portrayed an entire story in one picture. Some paintings just made me giggle! Below I posted some of his paintings for your enjoyment.

This girl is sitting outside of the principal's office with a black eye and a priceless grin :)

Boo, glasses :(

No Swimming!

Going and Coming

Life of a little girl

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Snow Day!

Living in Hampton Roads, the "757" as the cool kids call it, you expect some things. You expect bad traffic, good high school football, a busy beach in the summer, maybe even a rapper spotting. What you do not expect is snow. Yet as a teacher, snow is a crucial part of surviving the time between Christmas break and Spring break. In the winter months, all teachers watch the nightly weather news with a slight hope of snow/ice in the forecast. Teaching in Chesapeake, my hopes for snow had kind of dwindled away until yesterday. Let me take you back a couple days to Saturday...

I woke up feeling awful, sore throat, chills, swollen eyes, tummy ache, the works. Being the person that is never sick, I figured it would go away so I went wedding dress shopping with a girlfriend. When I got home I felt like death. I spent the rest of the weekend in bed, crying, sleeping, whining, and downing ibuprofen and halls. Thank goodness for Martin Luther King Jr. and a day off on Monday to get better. I went to the doctor, the strep test came back negative, the doctor said "yuck" there is puss all over your tonsils, so I got an antibiotic and in a couple of hours started to turn the corner. It was about this time that I spotted snow on the forecast. WINTER STORM WARNING for Hampton Roads. Marty and I became obsessed with the weather channel for the next hour watching the green blob move closer and closer to Hampton Roads. We went to bed wondering if we were going to wake up to a beautiful city covered in snow, you know, like one you see in the movies. Well, sadly we woke up to nothing, so I started getting ready for the school day even though I felt just alright. As I turned on the TV to eat my breakfast, the words Chesapeake Public Schools- closed ran across the bottom of the screen, along with every other school district around. God is so good to give me more time to recuperate. I told Marty and went back to bed. What a great feeling!

It is now 4:30pm and it still has not snowed one bit, yet the news is still calling for snow tonight. I will now be obsessed with the weather channel as long as Marty will let me be. I will wake up again tomorrow morning waiting to see a beautiful snow covered city. A girl can always hope :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Meals Matter

Over the break I discover a website called Meals Matter (click to open). It can store your cookbook, or favorite recipes you find online. It also contains a ton of recipes if you are just looking for something to cook. It also has a calendar where you can plan your meals for the week, month, or year. It will also develop a shopping list for you once you plan your meals. We just started using it this past week, yet it is such a helpful tool. It relieves the frustration of forgetting one ingredient at the store, or just not knowing what you want to have for dinner. I am usually real tired after work, and the last thing I want to do is go to the store with everyone else in Hampton Roads. We only plan our dinners, yet you can plan all your meals and even snacks. It helps you see a weeks overview of your eating as well, and help balance the types of meals. Check it out, it has made our lives a little bit easier so far!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Norfolk, VA

Here is a quick update on our holiday-
Our vacation seemed to fly by. We spent Christmas week at Marty's parents house in Colonial Heights, Va for the first time. We got to spend time with both sides of his family, ate a lot of good food, and I got a lot of shopping in with Mrs. Cates. We also enjoyed near 70 degree weather! Then we traveled north of the Mason Dixon line to visit with my family the week of New Years. While at home we celebrated Marty's birthday, again-

We went into Philadelphia with my sister, Bethany, and her boyfriend Matt.

We took a lot of pictures at the Betsy Ross house because she is a Kindergarten SOL (standard of learning) here in Virginia. My kids have already learned about her but they are really excited to see pictures of me at the Betsy's home :) While on the tour we learned that she most likely did not create the first flag, but just takes credit for it, and the guide didn't seemed to please that everyone credits the flag to her.

This is where Ben Franklin's home and printing shop was located.

And here he lies with Deborah.

Liberty Bell

Constitution Center

We completed our trip with a good ole' cheese steak, Yum!

We also had our annual bowling tornament with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins...

Bethany and Matt

I chose a Minni ball this year. Marty won the purple thing in my hand from one of those claw games- what do you think it is. We concluded that it was either a present, or a "happy" pill.

Another fun part of our break was celebrating our friends, Mark and Katherine's wedding.

That was a quick overview of some of our holiday celebrations. Marty and I wish y'all a wonderful beginning to the New Year.