Monday, January 2, 2017

Back to School without Chocolate

I went back today.  It's a national holiday and we had a teacher work day.  I have no one to blame buy myself!  I voted for that calendar! lol  I keep reminding myself how much earlier we get out for summer.  I got rid of all of the junk out of my desk when I left for Christmas break.  I so wanted to go buy some chocolate today!  I did fine at home but almost went a little nuts at work without sugar.  I then thought I'd stop and get some chocolate on my way home then hide it. lol Ok what part of any of that is a good idea?  So I made it, I didn't stop for chocolate.  I got home and had a square of 70% dark chocolate that I have in my desk.  Sigh!  I should drink!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year, New Life

So much has happened since my last blog post!  Where do I start?  In July 2013 I decided to go back to college.  It was my reoccurring dream that I had classes and couldn't find them. I didn't know my locker combination, had papers due and all kinds of other school trauma!  It has been my regret that I didn't finish school.  So I went back.  With 19 hours or CU's I started on my journey to be a teacher.  In January 2015 I began student teaching.  Wow, that experience is for another blog! lol  The best of it was teaching second grade with a sweet friend.  I learned so much.  I was offered a job in August of 2014 to teach English Language Arts and Reading in 6th grade.  I love, love, love my job!  It's the best thing, besides my family, I've ever done!  

I will spend time talking about my kids, job and life but I really want to talk about my journey with weight loss.  In June 2014 I had weight loss surgery.  I received the gastric sleeve.  Since then I've lost 87 pounds.  I have a total weight loss of 112 pounds.  I still feel like I have a way to go but the reality is I will be happy with another 20 pounds but would like to loose 53 more.  

I go in January to see about a tummy tuck and having my arms done.  So this blog is going to be my journey with changing my body.  I will share my struggle and my joy!  I totally love the woman I am and want to grow every day into a stronger, better, more loving, laughing giving woman.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Youth Dinner

We had a family at our church loose everything in a fire.  Thankfully no one was hurt, but it was still devastating.  As we spoke about Lenten sacrifice, my high school class said they wanted to help this family.  So we did a fundraiser dinner for them Saturday night.

I had 15 teen show up to cook and set up.  I was blown away!  We fed about 30 and raised $446 for the family.  I hope the family was as blessed as were we by doing it.

Everyone loved the food!  And Roberta did the decorations, they were so cute!  And I got to bring the flowers home.  Zach couldn't believe they were real. lol  He said, where'd she pick those!

Lent and Time Change

I really think loosing an hour of sleep and giving up facebook is just too much.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day 2

I made it another day without Facebook.  I got more done today.  I subbed in Physics and worked on my Humanities presentation.  I'm 1/3 of the way finished!  Tomorrow I have to summarize At Seventeen and describe four musical elements it uses.   And with my music disability that will not be easy!

I painted my nails with just an orange color on the tips.  I tried to put glitter on the orange but it's just ok.  I need to be better at that!  Or just stop trying. lol

Tonight after dinner, the boys wanted ice cream sandwiches.  So Zach went to get them and said there were 3 extra missing.  I guess Avery ate them this morning before school.  So we got out the foodsaver 2000 again and Mike will lock the fridge in the morning when he leaves for work.  Avery got really mad and stormed off to the bathroom when we got the lock out. lol  He was not happy!  He's so funny.  He has a special olympic meet tomorrow.  I'm going to have to miss it because I have an appointment.  I'll make the next one!

I want to have this Humanities report finished this weekend so I can be done with that class and move on to classroom management!  I got all the tax info together tonight for the tax lady.  Mike can drop that off tomorrow.  It's amazing what I can get done now. lol  I even folded clothes!  amazing  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day 1 without Facebook

It didn't take long for me to become bored today. I will admit I didn't do any extra housework or laundry with my extra time.  I watched TV, four episodes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.  I did get some of my Humanities project done too.

I wasn't home all day, I had to pick up the basketball trophies and run to Merle Norman for foundation.  Then onto the PIC meeting.  I was home long enough to listen to Z complain and argue about how miserable his day was.  I keep trying to explain to him that he gets to decide how much people bother him.  That he just needs to find his joy and ignore them.  It's not working, maybe 9 is too young to understand that concept.  I am sure his dad hasn't figured that out yet either. lol

Mass was an hour early tonight, for Ash Wednesday.  It was pretty crowded, like a Sunday.  I decided not to do youth group tonight because of the Spanish Mass being at 7.  At the end of our Mass one of the ladies got up and gave an update about Father Nano.  I can't stop crying.  He found out today that he has stage 4 colon cancer.  I just can't believe it.  He is just one of the sweetest people I have ever known.

He is full of so much joy and love.  His joy is contagious.  I am heartbroken he has to go through this.  He has done so much for our parish and youth group.  He goes so much to the children, our faith formation and  youth group have grown so much because of him.  He hears my confession and has touched my heart so much.  He has helped me to grow as a mom, a wife, a woman, and a Catholic.  He is just so funny.  I am praying for healing for him.  I want to see him again around the church, to just see his smile and hear his laugh.

So without Facebook I don't know what to do with all these thoughts.  I feel kind of alone, since I don't have anyone to chat with now.  I guess it's an early bedtime for me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pencil Box

One of my favorite things to do with my youth group or new set of faith formation students is to give them a box of pencils.  I usually hand a new unopened box of pencils to a student and then ask them to get me a marker out of it.  They typically look at me like I'm crazy, a look I know well, or tell me they can't.  I become pretty insistent that I need a marker and they must get me one out of that box.  And when they tell me they can't I keep asking them why not.

This goes on for a couple minutes, because the crazy look can last a while and I do want them to talk to me.  We then come to the conclusion that they will never be able to get a marker out of a box of pencils because no one put markers into a box of pencils.  So I ask them what are they putting into their hears, brains and souls.  Ahhh yes because if you don't put it in, you can never take it out.

I usually ask them to imagine a gumball machine and wanting m&m's.  And no matter how long they stand there and how many quarters they throw into that thing they will never get m&m's out of a gumball machine.  Unless someone comes and fills it with, you guessed it, m&m's.

We are like that.  We are told to hide the Word in our hearts.  And we do this because that is the only way it will be there when we need it.  When I am scared of the dark I wouldn't be able to fall back on, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind."  (2 Tim 1:7) if I hadn't hidden it in my heart.

This is also a good opportunity to talk about the quality of the things we put in our minds, hearts, and souls.  And how important it is to have that good stuff to call on when we need it.