These two prizes came in the mail today - two items I had won on blog giveaways. One is a crocheted beret and the other is custom-made guest book for our wedding, with pictures of us inside of it. Hey, you never know!
This is the text I sent, letting people know my bridal shower was being canceled. A big storm was hitting the east coast. We were right in that variant zone, where we could get a lot or we could get nothing...
Eileen and I stopped by the reception hall to get a look of the layout to figure out centerpieces and other things like that. She works for another venue and is in charge of weddings there. This is what our tables will look like on our wedding day (plus centerpieces).
On Saturday, we needed some help picking up a washer/dryer we found on Craig's List. Well, we stopped at Costco on the way, found a couch for a great price, compared very quickly at another store - and realized very quickly it was a great deal...so we asked if my dad and Uncle Lou wouldn't mind adding another stop on the way to the washer. They graciously agreed. We realized that the washer/dryer wouldn't fit in the truck w/ the sectional, so we had to stop home so my dad could pick up his truck as well. So, the caravan with the couch headed to pick up the washer/dryer, and then on to the house.
My dad and Uncle Lou were the heroes of the day. We couldn't have done it without them. [My uncle is not as scary as he looks, lol]
This picture is thrown in for good measure....my boys :)
I am going to admit that I am totally cheating by posting this picture under today. I was grading regents and helping James move, so I just did not have the energy to take a picture today. I took this picture a few weeks ago...but since it is the last time my corner will look like that (we moved that chair to the new house), I felt like it would be OK to use it! And this is my favorite corner in my apartment.
I got this in the mail from James' Aunt Cathy yesterday. It is a recipe for pumpkin pie that was hand-written by his great grandmother Mary. It was so amazing to have it written in her original hand, with her picture. I will love making it, knowing that it has been in his family for a long time. She wrote it in 1949.
I pass this sled-&-skates every morning as I'm leaving to work, and I think to myself, "That would be a great shot! I have to remember to take a picture of this." Today I remembered. Those are actually my mom's old ice skates. My dad likes to arrange everything like we are just stepping back in time. He is cute like that. :)
Today we took the seniors on a field trip to a correctional facility. It was a sad, difficult day. But we got to pray with several of the inmates and there were quite a few tears. We prayed that we were messengers of hope and God's love to them.
I work in a private school, and today we had a dress-down day as a fundraiser for Haiti. The students were to give whatever was on their heart, and they were to dress in hand-me-down type clothes to empathize with those who have lost everything and might have to rely on others for the basic necessities, such as clothing. Those who participated were given a sticker to wear that says, 'I will stand and pray for Haiti.' Today, we raised $5,535. 65. I am so proud of our school family. (The picture below is not of the best quality - I was in a rush taking it before class started! - but I wanted everyone to see some of the faces of these great kids.).
This is our first response to our wedding! It is from Mr. Contes. He is one of my most favorite people in the world. He was my teacher in 8th grade, all the way until I graduated. He has mentored and counseled me and been an amazing influence in my life. I now work with him at the school I teach at - and he is in administration now.
His wife told me he was so excited when he got our invitation - even more than she was. He filled it out and drove it straight to the post office (even though I see him every day). He wanted to be the first one to respond. Mission accomplished. :)
I stopped at my aunt's after work to drop off the wedding invitation and talk wedding details. And this is where my uncle was - resting in his chair after work. It seems that he is a lot like his brother, my dad - both like to spend the night relaxing in their chairs. [His arms are randomly pulled inside his sweatshirt. He says he just likes it that way.]
So I brought my camera to school today, hoping to get a good shot. Well, I left to go to my 2nd job at the doctor's office and realized I left my camera in my classroom closet! Crap! Thankfully, my nephew (who works at the doctor's office also) had his I-phone with him and we were able to get this shot. You can see a little bit of the screen through the picture.
I don't think I have EVER seen Main Street in S-town that empty before!
I saw these turkeys crossing the road, and I quickly pulled over and tried to get my camera. By that time, they were on the other side...but I thought it was kind of funny how they were underneath the speed limit sign!
I came across this great idea on Nicolasa's blog and I knew I had to jump in. It's one picture for every day of the year. What a cool way to chronicle a year!
I am already a day behind :(
But, thankfully, yesterday was New Year's Day and I took some pictures! :)
So, just for today, I will cheat and post two.
And although the last thing I need right now - between teaching, prepping for the Regents, getting married in less than three months and buying a house - is another diversion and another excuse to procrastinate, I am so on board with this!
So here we go....
January 1, 2010 We had New Year's Day at my parent's house. It is sort of a big day for us - my birthday is December 31 and my grandmother's was January 1, so we always celebrated both of them on New Year's Day. Even though my grandma is no longer with us :( we still had the family there. This is a picture of my uncle with my sister's youngest daughter, his great niece. His family got Gracie all the princess jewelry, which he dressed her up in. This is Gracie looking all beautiful and sparkly with Uncle Lou. I especially love how she is holding his hand!
January 2, 2010
This is what I spent my day doing. You can see my gradebook with all the papers I should be grading...with everything else besides. Yes, this sums up my life just about now. The computer is a CONSTANT distraction, but I can't help it. OK, after this post, I am back to the papers.
Hi all! I'm just a girl whose got some thoughts and stories to share with those who are willing to read. And I'm OK if that's just me. I'm a devoted follower of Jesus, a wife, a high school English teacher on Long Island, a mom to too-many-cats (I blame my husband for that), and hopefully, to a real baby, as soon as God blesses us. I'm 38almost39, been married for almost 3 years, and have lived in NY for my whole life( and that equal TOO LONG!). I've also known Jesus almost my whole life, and that can never be LONG ENOUGH. I believe that the human experience is a mix of the beautiful and the tragic, but the hand of God is able to redeem it all. I'm writing this blog because I need to write this, but I hope it might mean something to you as well.