Saturday, January 31, 2009
We also spent last weekend finding a home for this little guy.His name is Oscar. He's a little "homely" looking, but he has a ton of personality. My mom had a friend from work who needed to give him up and Matt's parent's decided that they were ready for a new dog. (Their old dog passed away in April and we took Katie with us when we got married so they have been dogless for a while). I am so happy they were able to give him a home. Oscar is loving life right now. I have never seen a dog get so comfortable so quickly. He didn't skip a beat making himself at home :)
One more thing: I won teacher of the month for January which was pretty cool. I have some very sweet students who nominated me. I am pretty sure they nominated me because I handed out the sheets in my class (in my defense I told them I did not want a nomination, but some of them did it anyway). Either way, I got the royal treatment. Look at all this stuff I got:
Pretty ridiculous huh? There are gift cards/free items to about 10 different places. I am very grateful for my students this year (most of them ;)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Danielle and Courtney getting the fire started...it burned out 5 minutes after taking this picture. We would never survive in the wild.
Playing a little pool in the rec hall. I don't think Danielle and I followed any of the rules.
Story time...I'm pretty sure it was a dirty romance novel.
The boys getting warmed up for a marathon game of ping pong.
All of us at a local bar for lunch. The people there were so nice! Ben thought this would be the perfect time to drink some of his milk (literally he was drinking milk!)
The girls...2 time Taboo champions!
This is Ben the entire last 2 minutes of the Cardinals game! I couldn't help but take a picture. He was just too nervous ;)
Making s'mores. (We ended up buying a fire log at the store. Apparently the coffee filters, paper towels, pine needles and kindling were not enough to get the fire started the night before so we resorted to technology).
The next morning we got up and went to the grocery store (I really know how to show my guests a good time:). We came back and then I highlighted her hair. (The above picture is a before shot...although it doesn't look much different). I am by no means a hair stylist, but I will say that her hair turned out really well. I will also say that it is never something I could to all the time. I am WAY to impatient.
Later that day we went to meet my friend Meghan's new puppies.
Definitely cute...and definitely a handful! They are like babies. You need to watch them 100% of the time or they are getting into something they shouldn't be.
I had a fun weekend with Danielle. It's been a while since just the 2 of us hung out so I was glad that we got the chance to do so. I just hope she doesn't get too used to asking me to dye her hair!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The second piece of good news is that I got this bad boy today:
Here he is on the first day we got him.
Napping on the couch
Watching TV with Matt (when they still liked each other)
Just being a catThis is not necessarily good news, but it is a funny story so I thought I would share. Ben came over this weekend to hang out. We decided to go to dinner at Cravings (a Mexican restaurant down the street from us) and Ben decided to pay with a million dollar bill that he has had in his wallet probably since I've known him. He brings it out from time to time it never ceases to make me laugh. This time was no different. He strategically placed the bill in the folder so that the tip is poking out. The waitress comes to the table and Ben politely asks for change (with a completely serious face). The waitress leaves to get our "change" and it seems like she is taking FOREVER. Finally she comes back the the table and told us that it made her day and then asked us (very nicely) to please pay with real money. She was a really good sport about it. I found it to be pretty comical. Here is Ben with his million...I guess being an art director for Flashbang Studios pays pretty well (that was a total plug for you Ben!)
This picture I had forgot Matt had taken. We had the vacuum out in the hall and it totally freaked Katie out. She felt safe on my lap apparently. Typical Katie!
Friday, January 2, 2009
I actually made 2, but was only able to hang one of them up because of the screen on the window. I thought they looked pretty good for a first timer.
My next project for the break was to paint and put up wainscoting in the bathroom.
Well I got the painting done, but I am not entirely sure that I like it. You cant tell in this picture, but the color turned out a little more yellow than I thought it would. I may end up changing it but I plan to sit on it for a while to see if it grows on me. Anyway, the wainscoting still needs to be painted, but the hard part is done; it's put up. As much as I would love to say I completely did this on my own (the wainscoting that is) my step-dad completely helped me out. And when I say helped me out I actually mean did the whole thing while I followed him around pretending I was helping. So much for being handy...Anyway I love the wainscoting. I think it really adds to the bathroom. Thanks so much Scott!
This is completely random, but I wanted to post it. We bought a Ficus tree not too long ago and it is still a baby. Since there have been freeze warnings this past week or so we have started covering up the tree at night. Does it not look totally like a little demonic creature creeping around like E.T. in our back yard? Matt and I were a little scared. I'm not going to lie.
Well my break is almost over and I can honestly say that I did not get bored even one time. In fact, I feel like it went by a little too fast this year! I literally kept busy the entire time with cooking, shopping, babysitting, doing projects around the house, going to weddings, visiting friends and family, being sick in bed, and just hanging out with Matt.
I cannot say it enough...I LOVE LIFE WITHOUT HOMEWORK!!!
A funny little Austin story: One time after watching TMNT with Austin I told him that the Ninja Turtles (or Ninjen Turtles as he calls them) live right outside our house (we have one of the sewage drains with the manhole covers in the street in front of our house). We walk outside so he can see their "house" and he starts jumping up and down shrieking with total elation "The Ninjen Turtles are coming. The Ninjen Turtles are coming." I felt a little bad when they didn't come out to say hi, but it was just too cute!
Here we are on our way home from the park. (He LOVES the park!) I thought this was cute so I took a picture. I swear, Matt cant wait to be a dad!
This is the "kids" table aka the cool table :) It's too bad Brenda's face got cut off.Then it was back to Matt's parents for more presents! We decided to make this a tradition (presents with Matt's family Christmas eve night) as to lessen the amount of houses Matt and I have to go to on Christmas day (last year we did 4!). We didn't get home until around 1 A.M. which was a little taxing, but all in all I think it is worth it. This is my second Christmas being married to Matt and I will say that Matt's family has fit me right into their traditions which I think is sweet. I even get my very own stocking! As previously mentioned we got pretty spoiled. Matt got the Beatles anthology which he has been watching for over a week now. He absolutely loves it! Every day he tells me stories about the Beatles and their history. Matt's parents also pitched in for the TV that Matt and I got for our bedroom (its a fancy new flat screen). As for what they got me...I got my very own I-Pod. Yes, this the only one I have ever owned! A little behind the times I know. Either way I was pretty excited. I ended up spending the entire next day downloading songs into my I-tunes on the computer. Last but not least, we got Dark Knight from Jay which neither Matt or myself had seen. Matt has already watched it and loved it, but I was only able to watch a little because I got sick as a dog 2 days after Christmas and had to stay in bed the entire day :( I am just now getting my voice back.
I am making a goofy face in this picture, but I was excited about my I-Pod!
This is what Austin got Courtney...she is unbelievably TERRIFIED of cats! Nice pick Austin ;) Very comical!
Trying on his Spiderman seat?
We had Christmas lunch at Matt's other grandparents on his mom's side. They had a deep fried turkey for lunch, which I had never had...yummo! They injected this spicy marinade into the turkey that made it very tasty (I don't generally like turkey that much). We pretty much visited with family which is always fun. Matt's cousin who wants to be a teacher was down from college so naturally I had a lot to talk about with her. She is such a sweet girl and she is going to make an excellent teacher.
Some of the grand kids
Who is the better rock star; Me or Austin?
These are Austin's dance moves...now who's the bigger rock star? I agree. It's still him. Oh well.
You would think we were a musical family...not so much! We sounded like dying cats, but we have fun which is all that matters :)
Merry Christmas to everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.