Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up

Oh mercy was it ever a crazy week and weekend!  Catholic Schools Week was great.  I'll be posting a complete wrap up of all the events later this week.

I was looking pretty rough on Friday.  It was a late night on Thursday with the Talent Show, and I was really tired. My little "fly away" hairs all around my head are lovely, don't you think?!

I helped with the Spelling Bee on Saturday morning.  Amazing what a shower, proper makeup, and a curling iron can do for a girl!  I took a bunch of pictures of myself sitting in the drive thru at Jack in the Box after the Bee.  I was happy because it ended early enough that I was able to race across town to see Evan play in the varsity basketball tournament.

Get in my photo!

This girl makes me laugh!  Kaitlinn was all decked out for the Fun Run.  Yes, we had a spelling bee, basketball, and a Fun Run all in one day.

Being goofy.  I'm glad I like the people I work with because it just makes life more fun!

Hudson played with his kendama all throughout the basketball game.  I guess it's a step up from his tablet.

Evan is the little short one on the left.  He made a basket in the first game.  I didn't see that game. He had some great assists in the second game and helped his team win first place in the tournament!

Heh!  Super close up!

I love stripes.  I love grey and white. I love silver jewelry.

Evan and his best friend, Isaiah, were both pulled up from JV to help with the varsity tournament. First place winners!

I made a quick appearance at the Fun Run. Then Eric and I went on a much needed date. We were getting up reallllly early for a 5K Run on Sunday morning, so the kids stayed the night with friends.  No kids for the night!

Tahoe Joe's for steak. This is the restaurant we went to as Eric's "last supper" before his weight loss surgery last April!  We both had plenty of left overs. 

Then we went to Target because I needed one thing.  These tank tops weren't the thing, but oh how I love the softness and new colors!

These Bobby pins weren't the thing!  I think 270 pins will last me a month or so.  I do not understand how I can "misplace" 90 pins.  But they slowly but surely disappear from my house.

These books weren't the one thing. Started The Choice last night.  Finished it today.  Oh my.  So good. So many tears.

This clear makeup organizer was the ONE thing I've been wanting and planning to buy.  All the other stuff mysteriously appeared in my cart. True story.

It all looks so clean and accessible!  I love it!

I stayed up late reading.  Then we got up early to go run a 5K in Hanford.  I was registered to run the half marathon, but I just didn't want to run that far.  Eric agreed to run the shorter distance with me.

Harry was content to stay in bed.

So was Bandit, and he needs a haircut.

Buddy had to say goodbye.

We left the house at 5 a.m. to get to Hanford in time to pick up our packets.  Lord, was it foggy.  Horrible, horrible fog.

This one was wondering what in the world he was doing out at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning running three miles in 39 degree weather!

But we finished together and it was awesome!

I went grocery shopping at 1:30.  Ugh!  It was crazy busy and shelves were empty!  Then it was time to camp out on the couch, work on blog posts, and watch the Super Bowl.

Evan decided to join us for some football. 

It should slow down a little bit this week.  We only have two soccer practices, Ash Wednesday, a school board meeting, Academic Decathlon practice and my birthday before heading into another run next Saturday, First Reconciliation, and another basketball tournament! Slow. Heh. Riiiight!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sweet Memories Sunday

This was indeed a sweet memory.  

It was Dec. 31, 2008.  I sent Hudson to daycare and Evan and I went to an outdoor exhibit at the Fresno Met Museum.  It was fun looking at all the life size decorations that day.

Evan was definitely my little buddy back then! Now that he's older, he and I share private jokes...usually shaking our heads about something weird Hudson has said.  Such a little Peanut!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Daily 4c: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Jan. 30 - Early morning Wal Mart run before a busy day of basketball.

Jan. 31 - Yummy cheesy potato soup.

Feb. 1 - Decorating for Reading Night.

Feb. 2 - I had a lot of fun on Crazy Hat Day!

Feb. 3 - Red, white, and blue day at school.

Feb. 4 - Twin Day!  I wore my new Pumas Champions T-shirt. Hudson and I were twins, but I don't think I got a photo of us together!  I can't even prove we were twins!

Feb. 5 - To finish up Catholic Schools Week, the Clovis Police Department brought out a bike rodeo for kids to ride through cones.  I was the only teacher willing to ride...and I was fantastic!  Didn't knock over a single cone!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Favorites: Favorite Moments of the Week

It has seriously been a crazy week!  Catholic Schools Week (sort of like homecoming but a celebration of all things Catholic Schools) is always a ton of fun...but tiring and stressful for teachers!

These were some of my favorite moments that we had from the week.

Little man is always being dragged off to another one of his brother's games.  He is pretty uninterested in watching the game, so he contents himself with his iPad.  It makes me smile to see him all hooded up with his headphones over his sweatshirt!

I bought this little notebook for three dollars at Office Max.  It is a design by Nicole Miller.  I've never heard of the brand, but I liked the design and the price.  I'm using it as a journal.

Oh my heavens I am in love with pomegranate seeds!  They aren't cheap, either.  I get these big cups that come in a two-pack from Costco for $7.  I can justify it because I wouldn't think twice about buying a coffee or snack for $3.50, so why not indulge in a healthy snack?  They are just so tasty!

Another successful recipe from the Pressure Cooker: cheesy potato soup.  Oh so very yummy.  I combined two recipes together to create a delicious and belly warming soup. *A NOT so favorite moment of the week was waking up at 11 p.m. out of a dead sleep with an excruciating stomach ache.  I narrowed the culprit down to too much cheese in one day: pizza, the above soup, and Goldfish crackers.  I won't make that mistake again.

Text message to Eric telling him how cheap gas was at Costco!  I haven't seen gas for less than $2 in years!!!  My van was on empty and I filled it for less than $31!  That's totally bananas!  Man, I remember a few years ago when we were in the $4 range.  That was awful.

This was a fun day for Catholic Schools Week where the 8th graders hung out with their Junior Kindergarten Buddies and we made paper dolls and danced.  Oh how we danced!

For crazy hat day, I wore my wedding tiara and veil!  I almost didn't add the veil, and I am so glad that I did.  I had a surprisingly fun time wandering around school all day feeling like a bride!  It's the first time I've worn the veil since we got married 13 years ago.  So much fun!

We looked in the costume box and found a witch hat, a chef hat, a cowboy hat and a Santa hat.  Hudson chose witch.  He's the cutest little witch I ever did see in February!

I bought this Bible Study, and I am so anxious for it to arrive.  It is currently somewhere in Indiana.  Get to California!  I've already listened to the first hour-long session, and it was so completely inspiring.  I opted to get the audio rather than the video, because then I wouldn't have to be tethered to my computer or tv to watch.  The book contains the homework assignments following the session.  I can honestly say I never would have read the first chapter of Daniel and been able to pull so much meaning out of those few verses!  I can't wait to dig in!

Busy weekend ahead with Spelling Bee, basketball, Fun Run, 5K race, and Super Bowl.  I'm going to need a weekend to recover from my weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Life In General

I didn't do a weekend wrap up post this week, so I'm including pictures and happenings from all week long in this post.

On Saturday morning, we were up early for the JV basketball tournament.  Eric put a roast in the crock pot, but I realized we didn't have any cream of mushroom soup to pour over the roast.  I also figured we could use snacks at basketball, so I headed off to Wal Mart at  6:30 a.m!  It was dark!

And it was rainy.

We won the first game and then stuck around to watch our other JV team, our girls JV team, and finally our second game of the day.  We lost terribly.  Like 46 to 6 terribly.  It was very unusual for our boys to lose like that given the winning season we have had.  Oh well.  It happens.  Evan was pretty upset because it automatically dropped them down to try for no higher than a 5th place finish.

We were up and at 'em again on Sunday morning for the next round of games.

Hudson is quite content on his tablet.  He is secure enough in his masculinity to sit in the pink chair!

Evan gets ready to play.

Ritual selfie with Kid #2.

Evan is #23.  They really struggled in this game.  There was a kid on the other team that was easily 6 feet tall.  And I'm assuming in 6th grade.

The tall kid is on the right side.  He swatted balls left and right and made it really hard for our kids to drive in to make shots.

We lost. The JV season is over.  Again, Evan was pretty upset, but he'll be fine.  He's also going to help the varsity team with their end of season tournaments.

Hudson does his job of taking the recycles out to the green can. 

I was craving pizza, so after a few errands on Sunday morning, we had pizza lunch at Me N Ed's.

He saw me just as I snapped the picture and closed his eyes.

The rest of Sunday slid on by and I mentally geared up to begin Catholic Schools Week.  It's kind of like Homecoming Week with dress up days, themes, activities, and night time events.  It's crazy all week!  It's also a ton of fun, but it takes a lot of energy.

Monday was Pajama Day and Reading Night.  My partner teacher and I decorated the stage wall before the event.  The theme was "Reading Around the World."

I ran a paper doll station at Reading Night.  One of the kiddos made this adorable Messi doll.  (Soccer star for those who don't follow the sport!)  I loved this little doll!

Tuesday was Crazy Hat and Socks Day.  My 8th grade class got together with our Junior Kindergarten buddies to make more paper dolls and to have a dance party!  Most of my 8th graders wore their pajamas on Monday, but not as many of them were into Crazy Hat Day.  

I, on the other hand, went all out for Crazy Hat Day and wore my wedding veil and tiara!  And I LOVED it all day long!  I've worn the tiara for various costumes, but this is the first time in 13 years that I have worn the veil.  I need to find reasons to wear it because it was so much fun!

Hudson wore a witch hate.  Evan was too cool to wear a hat.  Whatever.  Kids asked me all day if I was getting married or if that was my real veil from my wedding.  I do not remember the veil being quite this poofy on my wedding day.  

*We stopped at Chipotle to get dinner before heading out to soccer practice.  Evan (being 11 and embarrassed by his mother) asked me to take the veil off before going in the restaurant.  I wanted to say, "Who cares what people think?"  But I am trying to be aware of his feelings and to put myself in his place.  I had to admit, if my mom had wandered around in public in a wedding veil on a random Tuesday, I'd have been mortified.  I took the veil off before ordering my chicken bowl.

Wednesday is Red, White, and Blue Day and Thursday is Twin Day and Talent Show Day.  We have much more fun to get through this week before having a spelling bee, basketball tournament and fun run all on Saturday!  I'll be able to catch my breath sometime next Wednesday!