Get It Together 2016

This year most of my goals can be summed up into one, “Get it together.” What is “it” you may ask? “It” is everything, or most things. I spent two days of Christmas break printing out, sorting, and hole punching my budget/family management binder, and my cleaning binder. I’m slowly working on my recipe binder, but that is an on going process.

Next week, (after having used the binders for a week to see if they work) I will post pictures and talk about how they work and all that good stuff.

One of the things I also have to get together is this blog, so I will be posting every Monday, for real this time. I know that it isn’t possible to have everything together, but if I can get some things in order I will be happy.

What are your goals for the 2016, are you trying to get it together?

Kate Boyd Cheerleading Review

This year is a big year for me and the school’s cheer team for many reasons, but one of them is that we hired someone to come do the teams choreography. Anyone that is in the cheer world at all knows the importance of having good choreography. There is so much that goes into it, I knew that I didn’t have the experience to put together a winning routine, which meant we needed someone else to do it.

I knew that whoever I found had to be able to follow CCA and FCC guidelines, while also being in our price range. I called the numbers of people who were recommended by FCC, but they were either booked or not in the area. I tried calling CCA but none of those worked either. I was about to decide that  I would just need to do when I found a website that I bookmarked last year. While I was looking for music, I came across Kate Boyd Cheerleading.

So I messaged her, got a quote, set the date, paid my deposit, and filled out my paper work.

When I was cheering, choreography camp was always two days with like six hours each day. So when she told me she would only need six hours I thought she was crazy. Then came camp.

I was totally blown away. Not only did she get through the routine, but she also taught the first stunt section, which was totally unexpected and a bonus. She was great with the girls, and all of them had a blast. I can’t wait to have her do the choreography for next year.

(I will update this post after I get score sheets and such from our comps this season.)

I made it!

Well, it took a lot of planning, many hours of cleaning, organizing, and decorating; but school finally started last week.

I survived the first week of teaching and I’m awake to tell about it. Tired, but awake.

This year is going to be so good, we have really sweet and smart students, not to mention the awesome parents.

However, getting back into routine has been hard, but I think it is for everyone. This week was extra crazy because we had cheer camp on Saturday.

Well, I need to stop procrastinating and get back to lesson planning for the week. For everyone who starts school next week, good luck!

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I will be posting new post every Wednesday starting this week. This weeks post will be about cheer camp.

Nothing to Say

I have a confession.

I can’t blog,

I want to, but every time I sit down to write a blog post I just can’t think of anything to say.

However, I have been working on my book. I sent the first three chapters off to beta readers, and I am waiting for their feedback while I work on editing the rest. I have also been planning school for next year, and I have been purging my storage.

Jacob and I are also the proud parents of two new fur-babies. Willah and Copper never moved with us into our new house, and now that we have been into our house for a while we decided it was time for us to get a puppy. I will post their names and pictures on Monday.

Old Endings, New Beginnings

On May 9th, I graduated from UTPB with my Bachelors in Psychology.

I can’t believe I finally got to write that, some days it felt like the day would never come.

As I zipped up my cap and gown and walked through the parking lot of a university music hall, in a town I have never stepped foot in, all I could think of is where I was standing two years ago. In a church, talking to my best friend and getting ready to recite my graduation speech. This time I was alone in a music hall with the only people I know sitting in the audience.

Thankfully the person next to me was pretty friendly. I think the main thing that was different this year than two years ago, is that I didn’t cry. I think mainly because I was so ready to be done.

It’s kind of weird to think how similar a college graduation is to a high school graduation, it felt kind of like deja vu. But this time, I don’t know what is coming. I have a plan, but that plan involves uncharted territory. I still can’t get it out of my head that I don’t need to registrar for next semester, or file for Financial aid. My weeks run together more now that I don’t have weekly due dates and assignments.

Ever since graduation, I have been locked in this odd phase. I’m tired, exhausted, but I want to do everything! I want to plan my units for next year and organize the entire house and finishes my book. I just wish I had the energy to do it all.

I am really excited about what is to come. I start team teaching 3rd and 4th grade next year, which I think I’m little overly excited for. Coaching school cheer is going to be so different next year with the addition of a younger team and more events. I am also really excited to finish my book. I have been working on it for three years now, and I just want it to finally be done.

This post is about a month late, but I didn’t feel like I could post it until I knew my diploma was coming in the mail and that my textbooks were out of the house headed back to Amazon. Now I feel like I’m done. I’m going to add pictures once I get them from the gradimage company.

The crazy thing is, I kinda want to go for my Masters in the spring.

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

So I realize that I didn’t do a post about our one year anniversary yet, but it will be up soon. Honestly I had a really good blog post written, but I didn’t post it. When I was reading it and editing it I decided that it would make a better gift than a blog post. So it became Jacobs anniversary gift from me, and a really good one if I say so myself.

Anyway. After we got back from our anniversary getaway the school had a big Christmas program that Tuesday night. I got home after the program and I didn’t feel great, but I figured I was just tired. I went to bed at elven and stayed in bed until eleven o’clock Wednesday morning. I laid around the house all day,and Jacob made dinner. Thursday I felt pretty well back to normal. Friday I stayed in bed again. I spent the next few days alternating between the couch and the bed. It wasn’t until Monday or Tuesday that I started to feel alive again. I would have gone to the doctor, but by Friday when I was feeling bad again it had already been 48 hours so Tamaflu wouldn’t have helped.

I stayed in bed/on the couch for about four days, and actually some good came of it. For one I got to watch Jacob do the things I normally do, like load the dishwasher and do laundry. (This is not to say that I didn’t have a pile of dishes to do when I got better, or that my laundry was done. But hey less for me to deal with.) I also managed to finish the second half of season five and watch all of season six of Parks and Recreation. I am now all caught up for when it comes back on in January. What can I say, it was the only thing I felt like doing.

As I was saying, I will have our one year anniversary post up so, a long with my one and only new year resolution.

See you guys on Monday!

We are Moved!

Thanksgiving week we got to spend the first night in our house.

Is our house done and ready for company? Not quite, far from it. However it is perfect for us to live in. That Sunday we finished putting our bed together, made the bed, I went to the store to get stuff for dinner that week, and started making dinner.

Me cooking dinner that night, it was a mess. At first I thought everything was going perfect, for the amount of time it took for me to get water and a pot on the stove. The water started boiling over the pot, and it just went down hill from there.

After I finally got everything under control, (or so I thought), I poured the sauce over the noodle in the cheesecake pan, and started to clean up the table. When I turned around to put the Pasta Pie in the oven there was sauce everywhere. Running down the front of my cabinets, all over my counters, all over my new dish cloths, it was everywhere. And this is sauce that stains. I stuff paper towels around it, and open the cabinet to get baking sheet, when I try to burn the house down.

Apparently, my pots didn’t like where they belonged in the cabinet, because they proceeded to jump out of the cabinet and on to the counter, knocking over a candle with it. (I would like for it to be noted that Jacob is the one who put the candle there, after I told him that was not a good spot for it.) Thankfully the candle didn’t catch anything on fire, it just spelt wax everywhere. It has been twoweeks, and I still haven’t gotten all of the wax off.

By the time the Pasta Pie was in the oven to melt the cheese, I had dishes and paper towels everywhere, and wax all over the front of my cabinets.

So if you have almost destroyed your new kitchen by cooking dinner, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Anyway, almost destroying the kitchen aside. I did get the dishes done (eventually), and dinner was good.

Monday night it has been twoweeks since we moved in, and these past three weeks have been good. We still aren’t moved in all of the way. My living room still looks like an episode of Hoarders: Clothing edition, and we are not even close to having a clean house that it ready to be decorated for Christmas; but it will get there. It is for these reasons that I do not have pictures posted on the blog yet.

I have a big announcement coming on Friday, which I am very excited for!  It is blogging related, and if anyone can guess what it is, they get 50 laundry points*.

 

*My version of brownie points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last leg of the Journey

We are so close to being in our house it is almost nerve-racking. My dishes came in last week, and we moved in our washer and dryers so we know where to put in the dryer vent. I am so excited and nervous at the same time. We have been working on this house so long I don’t know what we will do with our selves when we don’t have to constantly work on it anymore.

Jacob ordered the new Halo game a while back and can hardly wait for it to be out on November 11th.  Too bad I told him no video games until we are in our house.  He has eight days to finish our house. I would feel like a mean wife but we really don’t have that much more to do. We have to put in the trim and the doors, we have to put in our counter tops, hook up the hot water, dish washer, and sinks. We decided that we could paint the trim/doors and put in our back splash after we are moved in. We are so close to being done that it’s not even funny that we aren’t moved in already. Besides him getting to play the new Halo is the equivalent to me getting to use my new kitchen and all of its accessories. I have so many things I can’t wait to cook in it, he just has no idea.

Hello October

I can’t believe I never posted in September, but in my defense it was really crazy. My sister went in to pre-term labor and had her baby right at 34 weeks. She spent one week in the hospital trying to stop the labor, and then two weeks with her baby in and out of the NICU. She is home, and doing really good! During my sisters maternity leave I was  the substitute for her kindergarten/first grade class. It has been a learning experience. She is back at the school now, and I get the best job in the whole world. I get to baby sit the baby while she teaches. So hopefully I will be able to blog more often now that I am getting back into a schedule.

This school semester has been insane, I think just the combination of everything has made it out to be a very long semester. My classes have been tough, and whoever said full-term classes are easy then eight weeks classes. Was wrong. My full-term classes are way harder than my eight week classes ever thought about being. I am so ready to be done in May.

On the bright side we are almost ready to start moving into our house. We got the floors laid in all but one room last week, and this week we are putting in the doors and trim. After that we have to finish working on the A/C unit, put in our washer, dryer, toilet, bathroom vanity, and counter. We also have to paint the closet, the pantry, and put in our black splash in the kitchen. Then with the exception of the entry way, we will be ready to move in. It seems like a lot of work, but it shouldn’t take that much time to do those things. I can’t wait to post pictures when it is finally finished.

 

I know this is short, but I am not up to posting a whole lot more than this. So with that, good-bye have a great weekend, and I will see you on Wednesday.