Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day

I spent Memorial Day at the beach near Thorne Bay and it was amazing!! Lots of sun, friends and fun. As much as I missed the hubby it was probably good that he hadn't arrived in town yet. He's not much of a beach person and would've turned into a red lobster!
Today we head out to Whale Pass to spend a few days at my parents house. We're excited to catch some fish and play in the sun!

Monday, May 30, 2011


We did our marathon!!! It was awesome and we finished in 7 hours and 30 minutes. So glad we were all able to do this together!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy last day of school!!

 It was a successful last day of school! Awards assembly, slide show, 5th grade promotion, Kinder promotion, yearbook signing, outdoor lunch and bump dodgeball were the many activities that I enjoyed today.

I took a few of the classes outside for chalk art and the kids had a great time! Here are a few of my favorites from the day.
The "Rock Amerika" one is from our new Bulgarian student. She's so adorable!
Tomorrow I'm off to Prince of Whales to walk a marathon with my mom and Molly. Let's hope we finish!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Happy toes

I figured I'd give my feet some love this week. Next week-MARATHON!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Catching up...Friday-Tuesday

It was a busy and emotional weekend and I feel as though I'm running to catch up with everything.

Friday morning one of my students and her mom came in to my office to tell me some truely horrific news. It's the kind of stuff that breaks your heart and makes you feel helpless despite how much you want to fix things.

Friday night ended with a bonfire, good friends and live music. I love the people that surround me.
Saturday morning Stephie and I ran a 5K out at Lena Loop. The weather was beautiful and I felt great on the run. My time was exactly 30 minutes so I was pretty excited. I haven't done many 5Ks in my life (um, 5 or 6 maybe??) but this was definitely the fastest I've ran and the best I've felt.
 Saturday night we went to the staff retirement party. It was a great night and we were all able to relax and enjoy ourselves. The food was amazing and one of the retirees even provided fresh salmon for everyone (delish!).

Sunday was spent out at Auke Rec celebrating the short life of S & K's sweet baby. I was asked to photograph the event and that was such a special honor. I know S & K will never forget their beautiful daughter and I hope that the pictures help baby G live on in her parent's memories for ever and ever. This was honestly the most amazing memorial service I've ever attended.
Monday was beautiful and the work day flew by. I took most of my classes outside to soak in the sunshine. Who else has a job where they can sit in the sun all day? I spent the evening playing with Erin's crazy little monkeys while mom and dad were at the hospital. The news they heard after surgery was good and we are all excited about some happy news.

Now my desk is messy....work is crazy....but life is good....

Friday, May 13, 2011

My May day present is growing!

My wonderful friend Stephenie did a ninja mission on May day and planted some of her rhubarb to my yard. It's growing so well and I can't wait to harvest it. I need to do some research before I harvest it. Anybody know how to properly harvest rhubarb?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing moms out there. This year has been one long reminder of how precious life is. I am striving to never take people for granted and to love and cherish every moment spent with those close to my heart.

Thank you to my sweet mom for always being there for me and loving me unconditionally.

To the rest of the amazing mom's I know....You have the hardest job on earth and you are doing a great job!

Thank you for giving your kids the opportunity to express themselves and have fun while they grow up to be awesome adults.....

 Thank you for setting an example for your children and guiding them through these crazy and often confusing years!
 Thank you for being silly and laughing with your children.
 Thank you for teaching your children to love.....
 Thank you for showing your kids that people, friendships and love are the things that are important in this world.
Thank you for making sacrifices and putting your children first before your needs and wants.

 Thank you for being a beautiful mother whose strength does not go unnoticed.
Thank you for knowing how important family is...
Thank you for remembering to take time for yourself so you can be the best mommy for your children....
Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Adam's surgery bear

One of our friends recently had surgery and Adam made her a cute little koala bear with matching stitches. He loves making these "surgery bears" for our friends that have to go under the knife (so to speak!). We hope it helps our friends find a little humor during a not-so-humorous situation.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day and I just had to share this picture. My friend and fellow co-worker sent it to me a few years ago. It cracks me up so much that I try to post it to my blog at least once a year or so.

Here is the response the teacher received from the mom a few days later.

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.

I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn't show me dancing around a pole. It's supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.

From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.


Mrs. Smith

Our awesome PTO made all the teachers super cute clipboards with our names on them. How crafty and fun! It's nice to feel appreciated ;-)