Words to live by...

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Author Unknown

"A good wife is her husband's biggest fan -- no matter how crazy he is." ~Me

"May God give you.. For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer." ~ Irish Blessing

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Writers Block

After sitting in front of a blank blogger screen for five minutes, I've decided to give the quick photo diary of latest knitting projects as well as saying I did survive my first day of school. More details to come as I give the crazy little ones a few days to calm down before complaining too much...

Here is a picture of my first scarf that I finished (this is the one that magically grew in width for quite a few inches before I sucked it up and ripped out what I could and started over) -- it's a little short but good for my first project:

Here's a picture of my current project -- a "muppet scarf" for my 10 year old niece for Christmas. I think she'll like it:

More projects to come with my new stash of yarn :)

Saturday, August 19, 2006


I want to be the first to congratulate my husband Chris on his awesome finish in the Winter Park Mountain Bike Series. Today was the last race of the series and I, unfortunately, wasn't able to make it to the race because of some bridal shower obligations. This was one of the only bike races I have ever missed and I was eagerly awaiting a phone call to hear how he did. Chris finished this race in 3rd which put him in 2nd place in the expert category overall for the series. He kicked some major butt and made me eat my words from when he was originally registering for the series and trying to decide which category to race in - sport or expert: "honey, you can race in whatever category you want, but don't be too disappointed if you race expert and don't finish well overall." I take it back. Chris, you are awesome, I'm incredibly proud of you, and I was wrong. I'm proud to call my husband one of the top expert mountain bikers in the state. Congratulations.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Last week of freedom

One more week left of summer -- where did the time go? I got some stuff done this summer, but not everything on my to-do list. It's been a good summer: full of adventures and plenty of naps.

I have pushed my own personal limits and enjoyed it (most of the time). I went on a bunch of mountain bike rides with friends. These trips were a lot of fun. I complain about them sometimes, being too hard or wearing me out or not having anyone my speed or gender to ride with, but in the end I wouldn't rather be doing anything else... even nap (see below). I skipped last week's weekly ride due to some really sore legs and tired body from climbing our 14ers and regreted it every moment of the night. I missed getting out and enjoying this great state that we live in, I missed the encouragement from the guys, and I especially missed the tasty food and good company afterwards (especially since they got ice cream this time -- yummm).

I've also taken time to relax and do what I miss the most when I'm in the middle of the craziness that is the school year: nap. I am a huge fan of naps. I think it's a teacher thing, every teacher I've talked to comments about how they will miss their naps. Our awesomeness catches up with us and we all need time to relax and not be in charge of taking care of anything or anyone but ourselves. Naps are the easiest and cheapest way to do that. I feel that teachers, out of any profession, deserve a week at some ocean-side spa every year. Unfortunately, teachers work in a profession that they will never be able to afford such luxury. Maybe the union can get that to be part of our employment package. Spa. Hmmm...

One week left. Today I had the day off of job #2 and actually decided that I'm ready to go back to regular work. I'm tired of being lazy and not motivated to do anything. I miss my little 5 year olds and their funny comments and unconditional love. I miss their little hugs and comments about you being their favorite teacher and daily questions about how you got holes in your socks and how you can have a husband and dog and mom and still live at school. I'm ready to get back. I'm more nervous now than I was last year -- this year I have the pressure of living up to the hype that I'm a great teacher. Yikes. I hope I don't let them down.

On a fun note, this weekend was our 2nd anniversary! Wow, the wedding was two years ago! Sometimes it seems like so long ago and sometimes I can't believe it's already been 2 years. I loved our wedding. It was beautiful and fun and the greatest day of my life so far. I see my brothers and friends getting married and they seem so stressed -- they all have big fancy weddings and showers and bachelorette parties that make mine seem like a backyard bar-b-que, but I wouldn't change what I had for the world. I smiled through the whole thing and didn't once feel the pressure that I see them under.

Now I can focus on talking Chris into babies... :) Photo is of my flashy new pink/red mountain bike shoes that I got as an anniversary present. They're awwwesommmmeee....